What’s the Amalfi Coast like in January?

Amalfi Coast Weather in January

Avg. temperature: 12°C / 54°F

Rain: 47 mm per month

Sun: 9 Hrs per day

Avg. Humidity: 73%

When you picture yourself resting and relaxing on holiday, it’s probably in the height of summer. There’s nothing wrong with that because we all love to top up our tans. After that comes Christmas, and then the inevitable January blues. But why does life have to be like that exactly? The Amalfi Coast is one of those destinations that never gets too cold or chilly at any point in the year, and it offers something beautiful in the winter months.

It’s possible that, for you, the best time to visit Amalfi Coast can be January which would be a great way to avoid that blue feeling of sitting back at your desk once Christmas has been and gone. There’s plenty to see and do, and because the sun seekers are still months away you’ll have a lot more time and space to relax. Take a look at a few of the things you need to know before booking your dream start to the new year.

Be warned, it’s as cold as the Amalfi Coast gets!

When we say cold, we don’t really mean that cold. If you want to lie back and sunbathe then you’re going to be disappointed, but no one really expects to be able to do that in January do they.

The average daily low and daily high on the Amalfi Coast are still 10 and 15 degrees Celsius respectively. Certainly respectable temperatures that will allow you to wander around in a jumper or thin raincoat and enjoy all of the stunning scenery. There will be more showers than in the summer, when there aren’t any, but they’re typically light and only last on average 30 minutes or less. Ideal if you want to get outside and enjoy yourself in one of the most beautiful areas in Italy.

Check the guide on: Where to stay in the Amalfi Coast

Highway 163 can become blocked

The main road that runs along the coast is known as Highway 163, and it’s well worth knowing that it does get blocked from time to time during January. Small slippages from the earthed banks that line the road can prove a little tricky to shift as the Amalfi Coast is one of the quieter parts of the country.

That said, you’re certainly in no danger, and the locals will be more than happy to advise you of alternative routes. It just never hurts to know the full picture before you set off in your hire car.

The ferries between Capri and Sorrento are still running

The buses are running as normal because that’s how the locals get from A to B when they leave their cars at home. In addition there is also a ferry service that runs between Sorrento and Capri. In the summer months there will be a lot more stops, but Capri will be more than enough to keep you occupied during your stay.

The island takes on a charm all of its own as the plants shed their leaves and the winter flowers begin to blossom. If you want to see what an island feels like in the Italian winter, then the short ferry ride will be well worth it.

A day trip to the Sorrento winter sales could be well worth it

Sorrento is known for one thing above all else in January: Winter Sales! The great thing about them is that you can get authenticate handmade Italian clothes at a fraction of the prices they were selling for in the run up to Christmas. The only catch is that the offers will be largely on last year’s ranges as the manufacturers get ready to debut their new collections. If you believe that great design never goes out of style, then get on over to Sorrento and treat yourself.

Amalfi Town has the best selection of restaurants and hotels in January  

Many of the smaller towns and villages along the Coast will shut the majority of their hotels and restaurants during January, but that’s not the case in Amalfi Town itself. It’s a firm favourite with the locals when they want to treat themselves to a bite to eat, which means they’ll be plenty to choose from.

Alternatively, check our guides on visiting Amalfi coast in:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

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