Visiting Sorrento in May

The best month of the year to visit Sorrento

Visiting Sorrento in May

If we were to choose the best month of the year to visit Sorrento, it would be May! The only downside to a visit during this beautiful month are the number of large group tours that take over the coast, with heavy traffic that can clog the narrow lanes in and around Sorrento.

The Weather in May

The weather in Sorrento is usually lovely in May, with mild temperatures and rare rainshowers, generally in the afternoon. Beach clubs open for the season, though you may find the water too cold to swim. The temperature can be chilly in the evening, so be sure to pack a light jacket.

  • Average high temperature (in Celsius): 24° C
  • Average low temperature (in Celsius): 16° C
  • Chance of rain: 15%
  • Chance of clouds: 35%
  • Average sea temperature (in Celsius): 18° C
  • Average daylight hours: 14

What to See and Do in May

There are a number of things you can see and do in and around Sorrento in May:

Walking and Hiking

This is the perfect month to explore the trails in the Lattari Mountains. If you would like to hike the Path of the Gods, we recommend avoiding the famous trail on the weekends when it can be crowded.

Hiking on the Sorrento Peninsula


You can visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, or Villa Jovis on Capri. Remember to wear a hat and sunscreen, and to bring plenty of water...the sun gets hot this month, though the temperatures are mild!

Boat Tours

This is the best month to explore by sea, as later in the year the coast off Sorrento, Capri, and Positano is often crowded with boats from all over the world.

You can join a small-group tour or a private tour from Sorrento...both are an unforgettable way to discover the coastline.

The best experiences and tours in Visiting Sorrento in May

Departure from Capri

A traditional wooden gozzo boat
Explore the coastline at your own pace
English-speaking skipper

Gozzo Caprese 7.80 and other options...

From € 220 Per boat | Max 10 passengers

Duration 2 ore 3 ore 4 ore 7 ore

(231 Reviews)

Departure from Capri

Skip the line
Save money
See the island highlights


€ 23 € 24 per guest

Duration 2 ore

Free cancellation

(297 Reviews)

Departure from Capri

Explore Capri at your own pace
24-hour assistance
Stress-free online booking


From € 30 Per scooter | Max 2 people

Duration 2 ore 3 ore 5 ore 6 ore

Free cancellation

(525 Reviews)

Departure from Capri

No license needed
Easy to drive
Perfect for couples

Boat no license

From € 150 Per boat | Max 4 passengers

Duration 2 ore 3 ore 4 ore

Free cancellation

(562 Reviews)
Full-Day Private Boat Tour of Capri Bestseller

Departure from Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Maiori, Massa Lubrense, Minori, Piano di Sorrento, Praiano

Complete freedom and independence
Local expert skipper speaks multiple languages
Cooler on board with prosecco and Aperol Spritz

26-ft. Boat

From € 1,059 € 1,159 Per boat | Max 7 passengers

Duration 8 ore

Free cancellation

(32 Reviews)

Departure from Capri

Iconic Sorrento boat
Experienced local skipper
Shower and shade on board

Gozzo Caprese 7.80

From € 220 Per boat | Max 6 passengers

Duration 2 ore 3 ore 4 ore 7 ore

(231 Reviews)

Departure from Amalfi, Positano

The best of the Amalfi Coast in just half a day
Choose between morning and afternoon
Drinks, beer, and prosecco included on board

Solare 40

From € 750 Per boat | Max 7 passengers

Duration 4 ore

Free cancellation

From Naples: Hydrofoil to Amalfi and Positano Shared

Departure from Port of Naples

Cruise along the Amalfi Coast
Avoid the traffic and delays on land
Explore both Positano and Amalfi in one day

Hydrofoil from Naples 8:35AM

€ 65 per guest

Duration 10 ore

Shared Gozzo Boat Capri Tour from Positano Shared

Departure from Positano

Boat tour + 4 free hours to visit Capri by land
See the best of Capri with a 7-hour tour
Departure from Positano

Gozzo Shared Tour

€ 135 per guest

Duration 8 ore

(156 Reviews)

Departure from Capri

A tour by gozzo boat around the island departing from the bay opposite the Faraglioni and with a stop to swim off the coast of Capri.

Gozzo caprese and other options...

From € 200 Per boat | Max 7 passengers

Duration 2 ore 3 ore

Free cancellation

(164 Reviews)
Amalfi Coast: Private Boat Tour from Sorrento Shared

Departure from Sorrento

Skipper and boat at your disposal
Avoid the traffic
Visit Positano and Amalfi

Private boat

From € 1,800 Per boat | Max 12 passengers

Duration 8 ore

Free cancellation

(1544 Reviews)

Departure from Sorrento

A day dedicated to learning about the traditonal ingredients and dishes of the Sorrentine peninsula
All local ingredients: pick, prepare, and enjoy!
Transfer from your hotel in Sorrento on request

Cooking Class

€ 130 per guest

Duration 6 ore

Free cancellation

(276 Reviews)

Where to stay in Visiting Sorrento in May

Villas - Positano

All the beauty of the Amalfi Coast from your terrace

  • The spectacular sea view from the private terrace
  • The panoramic position just 20 minutes far from Positano
  • The large spaces of the villa and the kitchen equipped with everything you need

Tel. +393397216370

4 stars - Sorrento

Postcard-perfect memories from Sorrento

  1. From the rooms to the private beach by elevator
  2. Dinner with a view of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples
  3. A historic hotel in the heart of Sorrento

Tel. +39 081 8072011

5 stars - Sorrento

Pure Italian architecture and design

  1. The private waterfront and beach
  2. The saltwater pool
  3. The restaurant right on the water's edge

Tel. +39 081 8784644

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3 stars - Massa Lubrense

Fall head over heels for the Mediterranean: the sea, the art, the beauty

  1. The view of Capri from your room
  2. The Spa: paradise
  3. The flavors of Sorrento served with a view
From € 213

Tel. +39 0818789181

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4 stars - Sorrento

Perched above the Mediterranean Sea in Sorrento's "old town"

  1. Suite Pitloo: a jacuzzi on the terrace with a view
  2. A dinner by candlelight with a view over the Bay of Naples
  3. An elevator directly from the hotel to the beach

Tel. +39 081 8072608

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5 stars - Sorrento

An iconic luxury hotel with magnificent views and a glitterati clientele

  1. Iconic Grand Dame hotel which once hosted Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren
  2. Vast garden and grounds along the coastline for spectacular views
  3. Historic rooms and suites with private terraces and antique furnishings

Tel. +39 081 877 7111

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Restaurants open in Visiting Sorrento in May

Restaurants - Sorrento

The Michelin-starred restaurant at the Excelsior Vittoria Hotel

Sorrento's most impressive scenic view blends with a Michelin-starred dining experience

Tel. +390818777836