You’ve a cat in hell’s chance of pulling off a three-point turn on the Amalfi coast road during the summer season.
Which is worth bearing in mind if you’re anything like me on holiday. I reserve the right to stop, turn the car around and lunch at the amazing cliff side restaurant we just drove past, or to backtrack to take that once in a lifetime photo I spotted whilst pulling away from the last bend in the road.
During the summer season, the Amalfi coast road (or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian) is having none of it.
There’s no turning around mid-drive. Once you’re in the convoy of traffic, squeezed between a lorry and the ubiquitous tour bus, you’re in. It can sometimes feel like you’ve consigned your sightseeing spontaneity to a straight-jacket.
That’s not to say that the sea views, hairpin bends and pastel coloured buildings that cling to plunging cliff sides are any less stunning in June, July and August. There’s just less freedom to pause or turn around on the road as it weaves its way from Sorrento to Salerno.
Holiday on the Amalfi Coast during spring and you’ll find that hotels, restaurants and cafés are lively but never hectic. The trailing plants that shade narrow cobbled alleyways are blossoming and the weather will be warm and sunny, but never overbearing.
High season makes for high numbers of day trippers desperate to board the ferries from the mainland resorts to the island of Capri. The ferry journey from Sorrento to Capri, for example, takes about forty minutes and is much pleasanter when you’ve room to spread out a bit. In the quieter spring season you’ll also spend less time queuing up for the funicular from the Marina Grande to Capri Town.
Don’t let the scorching summer sun ruin your chance to root around this preserved Roman city. Visit in springtime instead and you can wander around the ancient villas, shops and streets without worrying that you’ll run out of water or get hot and bothered under the midday sun.
Posted : Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 12:00
Kelly Pipes is a writer and editor who has worked in travel and travel publishing for the last ten years, and has enjoyed every single minute of it. Alongside other projects she shares off-beat travel news and authentic travel experiences on her own blog, Sandwagon.