Day 12: Company Visit Road Trip!

Today, we roadtripped to Milan from Verona, stopping at three different companies along the way. Our first stop was Grupo Sinergia, a group that oversees logistics for their clients. These logistics can range from only managing the interface of a customer’s website to actually fulfilling shipping orders and warehousing merchandise. While some of their clients…

Day 11: Arrivederci, Castle Vecchio!

Today, we got to meet with the Verona Fashion Consortium’s director to learn more about this unique organization. The consortium consists of forty eight permanent companies, small businesses who base their company and production in Italy (Mero & More is one of these companies!) The consortium was founded for the purpose of allowing Veneto companies…

Day 10: Boats use stoplights!?!

We woke up early today to catch the train to Venice from Porta Nuova, Verona. The train system in Europe is far superior to the American train system! The trains were very timely, and you had a lot of room to spread your legs. I took an excellent nap during the hour we took to…

Day 9: Fashion School, Fashion Consortium

The weather was perfect today as we set out to visit Verona’s New Academy of Design. We met with the one of the directors of the fashion program at the school and learned a little more about how Italian higher education works in comparison to that of a more traditional American university, regarding fashion and…

Day 8: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

We packed up and said goodbye to Milan, and took a two hour bus ride to Verona. We passed through some beautiful countryside on the way there. Once we arrived at Verona around noon, we realized that most small businesses open very late, if it all on Sundays, and many lunch places are closed, so….we…

Day 7: Cloudy Corso Como

Today, we spent a lot of time walking around Milan’s fashion district. Our first stop was at 10 Corso Como, a prototype fashion establishment. They sell artwork and fashion from famous and aspiring artists, serving as a brick and mortar “magazine” for high fashion. Some fashion and art is traditional, but most of it is…

Day 6: Lineapelle, Tagliatelle, Velasca

Today was another perfect day in Milan! It was especially busy, as the Alpini gathering of Milan is occurring this weekend. I’ll be heading to the festival tomorrow, where thousands of Alpini veterans gather to celebrate their rich history. We started our day by visiting Lineapelle, an Italian leather consortium. They are responsible for hosting…

Day 5: Okay, Starbucks, I see you!

Today was the perfect day to walk into Milan and enjoy the city! After a light breakfast at the hotel, we took the subway to the Duomo where we found the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Reserve roasteries are different in that all of the coffee they serve is roasted and ground in house, and their selection…

Day 4: Silk, Cuomo, Clooney!

The weather today was…interesting, to say the least! Our beautiful, sunny blue skies were wet and gray today. I didn’t pack a jacket for this weather, so I spent the day bundled up in my jean jacket. We took an hour long bus ride to Como, where we visited Mantero Seta, or the Mantero Silk…

Day 3: Cattolica, DaVinci, Strandbeests, oh my!

Today was another perfect day in Milan! With the good weather holding out, we started our day by going to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, a university based in Milan. We met with Dr. Francesca Romana Rinaldi, the author of The Responsible Company and a professor of the Milan Fashion Institute. In addition to teaching…

Day 2: Duomo di Milano

What a perfect day! It certainly was long, but the beautiful weather and beautiful sights couldn’t be beat. After a light breakfast, we spent the morning learning new Italian words and phrases to use in restaurants and when greeting others with one of our guides, Mirella. I feel a lot more confident with my basic…

Day 1: Arrival and Introduction

What a long day! After an eight hour plane ride, it was great to wake up to see the Alps stretching through the clouds to greet us. After grabbing our bags and getting our passports stamped, we met with our guide, Luca and headed for our hotel. I was surprised to see the combination of…

Ciao, Milano!

Addio Pittsburgh, Buongiorno Italy! My name is Emily Hearty, and I am currently a freshman studying Biomedical Engineering and Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. My specific concentration is in Medical Devices, and I hope to achieve a certificate in Innovation, Product Design and Entrepreneurship. I was born and raised in Arizona, but for…

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,…