Day 12: The Final Days in Italy

Today we headed back to Milan and visited three companies along the way. Our first stop was Gruppo Sinergia which helps companies who want to sell things online. They offer many services including analysis of packing to optimize costs, reducing time used to process orders and even have a secure bunker that can only be…

Day 11: Made in Italy

Today we learned all about the Verona Consortium, which was founded in 2000. It was created by the companies themselves, because they knew that to succeed they would have to work together. There are currently 48 members of the consortium all clothing or accessory producers. They also have a network of over 400 other companies…

Day 10: Lost in Venice

Today was the day I was most excited for, our trip to Venice. After a quick breakfast at the hotel we headed to the train station to travel to Venice. The train ride was a lot of fun, looking out the window it was nice to see the more rural side of Italy. After a…

Day 9: Fashion & More

Ciao! This morning started off with a nice breakfast at the hotel. We then got on a bus and made our way to the New Academy of Design in Verona. I still am in awe every time I look out the window and see the mountains before me. I was interested to learn about the…

Day 8: Ciao Verona!!

Today we checked out of the hotel in Milan and headed to Verona where we will he staying for the next four nights. The bus ride was only two and a half hours so I put on some music and gazed out the window. Italy is so beautiful and being able to see the Alps…

Day 7: Fashion and Food

Today we got to sleep in which was helpful in catching up on sleep and recovering from our busy day yesterday. After meeting in the lounge we visited 10 Corso Como in which the group was set free and allowed to explore the shop and see all of the products they sell. I was shocked…

Day 6: Pasta just spaghets me

Today was our busiest day yet, but it also has been one of the most fun days in Italy. Our first activity was visiting Lineapelle which is n exhibition dedicated to leather, accessories, foot wear, and leather goods. I did not really know what to when we first entered the building and were led to…

Day 5: Coffee and Armani

Today we visited Starbucks and learned all about the roastery and how it works. This is the first Starbucks in Italy, which is a big deal because Italians take their coffee very seriously. The layout of the Starbucks was entirely different from any of the ones in the United States. It was really interesting to…

Day 4: Rainy day, Sunny Attitude

Ciao! Today was our day trip to Como and the first company visit. We took a bus to Como and stopped on at the company on the way. Looking out the window of the bus the architecture was so different the that in the United States, it was much more beautiful! I also got to…

Day 3: The Metro

Buongiorno! This morning started with a lovely breakfast of a chocolate croissant which was amazing. Then as a group we headed to the University Cattolica using the metro station. This was the first time I have been on the metro in Milan so it was a very interesting to be in the bowels of Italy….

Che Bella Milano!

Welcome to Milano! Today began with a delicious breakfast including a brioche (aka croissant) and ripe kiwi alongside a caffe americano. I was interested to see that the croissants were filled with either cream or apricot marmalade instead of sitting plain and empty like the typical ones from home. They also offered sweet breads and…

Day 2: Pasta and Duomo

My first full day in Milan started with a delicious breakfast in the hotel. It was nice to finally get some sleep after being so tired yesterday. After breakfast we had an Italian crash course in which we learned lots of important phrases in Italian. We learned the basics for ordering in restaurants, coffee shops,…

Day 1: Arriving in Milan

I have officially arrived in Milan, Italy and it was quite the journey. It started Thursday morning flying from Grand Rapids to Chicago and then finally to Pittsburgh. After arriving in Pittsburgh, all of Plus3 Italy met at the Porch for dinner to kick off our trip.    The next morning you could feel the excitement…

Off to Italy!

Hi! My name is Ashley DeStefano and I am currently ending my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a bioengineering student and plan to pursue the cellular track leading to a career in tissue engineering. Along with my bioengineering major I am minoring in chemistry. I have always loved to build things…

Meet Plus3 Italy 2019!

Welcome to the Italy Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Dr. Karen Bursic and Frank Bursic are traveling to Milan, Italy with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th-May 18th. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, this trip will include visits to Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory,…