In the excitement of booking your outdoor activity, it can be easy to overlook some of the essentials you need for your visit. Depending on when you travel you’ll need to think about what to pack as well as extra information from locals.
While Europe has a largely temperate climate, the north-east part of the Alps can be as cold as -10 in the winter months due to the alpine environment. Rainfall is moderate and sunshine hours are long in the summers and short in winters.
The coldest months are December, January and February, and the warmest June, July, and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 24 to 32ºC and in winter between -2 to 8 ºC. It pays to learn more about this specific location’s seasons and pack clothing that has these temperature extremes in mind.
In general, you want to prepare for adventure and discovery and even if you aren’t planning on hiking and camping, that means adaptable clothing that you can move in easily. Sturdy footwear is a good idea, there are lots of opportunities to get off the beaten track in Friuli Venezia Giulia, so solid footwear that is comfortable for walking in is a good idea. In summer you may fancy a nice day at the beach or a dip in one of the many lakes or rivers, so pack your swimsuit! The lakes and rivers are mountain and snow-fed so the temperature stays relatively cool, in the 8 – 16 ºC range.
If you plan to get out and about in the great outdoors there are a few things to remember. If you are traveling in summer months it’s a good idea to pack light clothing as much as a k-way in case of rain or wind. However, as this land is an alpine region you can encounter cold weather any time of the year.
A good way to prepare for this is to wear two or three thin layers of clothing, rather than one heavy layer.
In the winter months gets cool, with temperatures dropping into the negatives regularly, and you need to be prepared so you can enjoy your visit. Although the snow generally stays on the mountains and not the “downtown” area, it does snow to ground level at least a few times each winter and can settle for days. While all gear can be purchased once you get here, it pays to have layers, a warm jacket, gloves and hat for your arrival. Ski and snowboard attire and equipment is easy to hire around Skii Resorts, you can literally hire everything, but it pays to book in advance.
It pays to book your accommodation in advance, particularly if you are visiting this side of the Alps (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy and Slovenia) in summer or winter, which are the peak seasons. Accommodation options range from budget to five-star, with international chains of hotels and motels alongside backpacker properties, B&Bs, luxury lodges and hosted options. Whether you stay within walking distance of town, or venture a little further out, most accommodation has spectacular views. Hospitable and welcoming, your hosts will go out of their way to give tips on special lakeside picnic spots, wonderful trails to walk or point you in the direction of local events.
There is free Wi-Fi in most of the cities and tourist information centers making it even easier to share your pictures, videos and stories, with no data limits!