Amalfi Coast Weather in December
Avg. temperature: 13°C / 55°F
Rain: 65 mm per month
Sun: 9 Hrs per day
Avg. Humidity: 76%
The Amalfi Coast in December comes to life in more ways than you could imagine, until you’ve been there and seen it for yourself. With winding streets, boutique shops, happy locals, and centuries of culinary tradition, all you need to do is decide on your itinerary and the rest will take care of itself.
Perhaps the best thing about it is that, apart from the occasional passing shower, it’s quite warm and cosy. Ideal if you want to leave the freezing white Christmas of last year behind, and enjoy something a little more Mediterranean for a change.
There’s no snow so you can enjoy the mild temperatures as you get out and about
Temperatures fluctuate on average between 15 and 10 degrees Celsius over 24 hours, which is ideal if you want to be warm and cosy after the sun goes down. Because you’ll be staying by the ocean, you can expect a little bit of a stiff sea breeze from time to time, but that’s all part of the charm of the place. Just take a nice thick winter coat, and you’ll be able to wrap up warm as you make your way from A to B, taking in the sights as you go. If you are considering another time to visit, you can check the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast.
New Year’s eve brings Positano’s Spiaggia Grande beach to life
If you want to holiday near the end of the month, then why not extend and take in New Year’s eve itself? There’s no better way to throw yourself into the thick of the local action than by seeing the clock strike midnight on Spiaggia Grande beach in Positano. One of the real pluses of the bulk of the nightlife outside of Sorrento being shut at this time of year is that it brings everyone together and guarantees a full house wherever you go. Ideal if you want a stunning atmosphere as you see the fireworks reflected in the waves that border the Amalfi Coast.
Try the zeppole and struffoli in Sorrento before they’re all gone
Sorrento is still a hive of activity in December because it’s where the locals go when they feel like treating themselves to something nice. What they love more than anything are the festive treats they can only get during this special time of year.
If you make your way to the main square you’ll see all manner of quaint little side streets winding their way off into the city, so why not pick a few and go exploring? You’ll find loads of boutique shops and artisan bakeries, each with something unique to offer that you won’t find in any of the huge chainstores back home. Ideal if you want to treat your tastebuds to something that will live long in the memory. If only you could find pastries that good so easily back home!
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Sorrento takes Christmas decorations to new heights
The beauty of Sorrento is that it offers you a real chance to see how the locals celebrate the special time of year. You can expect to see religious figurines in most windows, and all of the little boulevards and side streets lined wall to wall with fairy lights in every colour you can imagine.
But best of all, you need to head on over to the famous square and see the towering tree that brings the whole population out as they switch on the lights. It’s one of those things that you have to see to believe, and the photos online simply don’t do it justice.
Choppy seas mean you’ll be confined to dry land, so why not take in the views?
The ferries will be tied to the shores at this time of year, and the seas are so choppy that you wouldn’t want to go out even if you could. If you want to get a view that beats everything you’ll see in the guidebooks, then head on up to the Villa Cimbrone gardens in the town of Ravello. You’ll be able to see right across the Coast, and there’ll be plenty of time to check out the stunning winter foliage that the gardens have to offer too.