Italy is at its best in spring (April-May) and autumn (October-November). During these seasons, the scenery is beautiful, the temperatures are pleasant and there are relatively few crowds. Try to avoid August, as this is the time that most Italians take their vacations, and many shops and businesses are closed as a result.
The mild climate the fine weather all year round make the Sorrento Peninsular an ideal destination in any season, with its flower filled piazzas, elegant shops, and cafes. Sorrento surrounded by oranges and lemons, is a pretty resort and a pleasant place to stroll, browse, or shop for the local inlaid woodwork. If you have decided to visit Pompeii, Amalfi, or Heraculaneum then Sorrento is a great starting point with many choices of accommodation possibilities
. One day Pompeii was a thriving, lively city; the next it was a steaming mound of smouldering volcanic ash. Warning signs were evident; streams and wells suddenly dried up, the ground had begun to rumble and quiver, the sea in some places had mysteriously begun to boil, wildlife including many animals began abandoning the city.
Something strange was happening, as is evident in our environment today with climate change. Two thousand years ago in Pompeii the only ones who survived or escaped were those who recognized the growing danger. Today, unfortunately, there is no safe haven
When to visit Pompeii
If you are serious about visiting of the sites like Pompeii, Amalfi,, Heraculaneum.. then the cooler Spring will make this a far more comfortable experience. Accommodation with a pool may be a consideration for some.
Sorrento itself has limited beach areas and they can get very busy in July and August. Fortunately to get to Pompeii, Herculaneum and, if you wish, Naples you can use the excellent Circumvesuviana train service. The traffic in this direction from Sorrento can be chaotic and makes driving slow. Likewise the ferries, hydrofoils and "Metro Del Mare" operate services from the beginning or end of April until the beginning or end of October.