Visiting Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast in May 2020 | The definitive Guide

Excursions, Sorrento, Sorrento by month, What to do in


Longer days, milder temperatures and finally a taste of Summer. Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast revive after the cold season and for many visitors May is the best month to visit this corner of paradise. From cultural activities, outdoors experiences and hiking trips, find out more on this post and share your opinions if you have been on holiday in Southern Italy in the month of May.

Visiting Sorrento in May | Must know

Sorrento in May : Things to do and Events

With their stunning scenery and beautiful landscapes, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast show their most fascinating side during the month of May.  The mild temperatures, sunny days and the Mediterranean atmosphere are three fundamental factors to enjoy your holiday in the South of Italy. During the month of May, beach clubs in Sorrento are open, the streets of the old town are crowded and the restaurateurs set up tables outside, along the main street Corso Italia and on the piers.

Find out more here the best beaches in Sorrento city and Sorrento Coast, with info, prices and services:

  Click here: Beaches in Sorrento, all you need to know.

Sorrento is the largest village of the Coast and with its useful services and the best transportation connections it is the best choice as your base to visit the Pompeii Ruins,  Amalfi Coast or Capri with one of the best local drivers or skippers we suggest.

Pompei Ruins, Capri island and the Amalfi Coast in May

  • Pompei ruins + Wine tasting in a local vineyard at the bottom of the Vesuvius

Pick up from the accommodation
Sorrento – Pompei – Vesuvius
8 hours
Mercedes Van

  • Amalfi Coast tour

Pick up from the accommodation
Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi – Ravello
8 Hours
Mercedes Van

  • Capri Boat Tour

Pick up from the accommodation
Sorrento – Capri
8 hours
Premium Boat | Toilette, kitchen, hot/cold showers, lounge dock

Capri is Italy’s most famous island, with its attractions and magical atmosphere it is known as the island of dreams and it is a must to visit by boat. We strongly recommend you contact us in advance for the Capri tour from Sorrento.  During summer the demand is high and you risk not being able to book. We recommend two local skippers both English speaking, experienced and professional, who always make our guests feel special on the Capri daily tour.

Contact us for more information and check our 10 best things to see in Capri:

  Click here: Best things to visit in Capri 2020, the complete Guide

Sorrento in May : Weather and Temperature

Considered the best period to visit Sorrento, May offers longer and sunnier days and anticipates a taste of Summer. The beach clubs and beaches in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast have now set up everything to accommodate guests. If you enjoy sunbathing do not forget to bring with you a swimsuit and beach towel.  The sea temperature is much more enjoyable now and if you want to relax, you can spend a day in Marina Piccola or simply enjoy a lunch in front of the spectacular Gulf of Naples.

Sorrento Weather and Climate information in May






  • Humidity 70% 70%
  • Chance of Rain 23,3% 23,3%

Sorrento in May: What to pack

Do not forget to leave space in your suitcase for a swimming costume and a towel, the water in May is warmer in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. If you still feel cold and want to spend an entire day at the beach we suggest you to go to Meta di Sorrento or in Marina del Cantone, both beaches are protected from the wind and are exposed south, where you can swim and spend a pleasant day by the sea. In Sorrento Marina Piccola, there are four private beach clubs: Peter’s Beach, Marameo, Leonelli’s Beach and da Salvatore where you can rent a sun lounger or chair and umbrella for around €12.  They all offer restaurants or snack bars, where you can order amazing sandwiches, pizzas or saltimbocca.

These are my personal recommendations for your visit to Sorrento in May:

  • A lightweight pashmina or scarf
  • Sweater or cardigans
  • A bathing suit and beach towel
  • Shorts or skirts
  • Good walking shoes and flip-flops
  • Bring a backpack or a travel bag when you visit sites like Amalfi Coast, Capri and Pompei Ruins
  • Bring a folding and strudy umbrella

It is very easy to reach the beaches in Sorrento, both in Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, for those staying in a Guesthouse, Holiday home or Hotel in the centre of Sorrento, the distance is very short, you just have to walk to the Public Gardens ( Villa Comunale) and from there either use the lift (cost per adult per ride €1.80 or use the steps.  For those who have a car or scooter you must head towards the Sorrento Harbour (Porto di Sorrento) where you will find a space to park your vehicle in one of the two private car parks.

Sorrento in May: 5 reasons to come

  • To experience Capri, Pompei Ruins and the Amalfi Coast without crowds and with mild temperatures
  • To enjoy the night life, Piazza Tasso the main square and the old town,  which are alive with restaurants, cafes and little clubs.
  • To enjoy amazing dinners in Marina Grande where local restaurants set tables outside on the pier
  • To experience incredibile tours of Capri, Amalfi Coast and Pompei ruins as the weather is mild and not to hot and most of the days are sunny
  • To spend amazing days at the beach and to swim in the crystal clear waters of Sorrento
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