The Best For Last

Today was our last day of company visits and we visited three companies: Grupo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and MF1. At Grupo Sinergia we discussed the services they offer which ranges from managing and organizing other companies to streamlining the shipping process. We toured the warehouse on site. The most impressive thing mentioned at that company…

Last Day in Verona: Consortium and Sunsets

Another day of cold rainy Pittsburgh weather, ugh! The tour guide keeps saying that this weather is rare for May. We only had one company visit today, and then we had the entire afternoon and evening free. In the morning, we walked to Consorzio Della Moda with our translator who we met the other day…

The Windy City… or Venice?

Today was a day I have been excited about the whole trip – VENICE DAY TRIP! We took the 9 am train from Verona and the ride took only an hour. The train ride was SO cool. The seats were comfortable and spacious, the ride was short, and the views were amazing!!! Seeing the Italian…

Design in Verona

Hello! Our group met bright and early again this morning in the lobby of our new hotel. I had just gotten to be familiar with the breakfast staff at the last hotel. During our last breakfast yesterday in the hotel in Milan, I ordered my daily cappuccino, and the man who makes them finished my…

A Change of Scenery

Arrivederci Milan, Ciao Verona! I was ready for a change of scenery and going from the modern city of Milan to the historic village-looking town of Verona was a fun contrast. The two-hour bus ride was used for some much-needed sleep. However, I did wish I spent more time looking at the scenery on the…

Twenty Thousand Steps a Day Keeps the Carbs Away

Today was a pretty relaxing day; we visited 10 Corso Como and went on a fashion walking tour this morning. We did not really get a tour of 10 Corso Como, so we just looked around ourselves for a while. The store describes itself as a “interactive, living magazine.” It was almost like looking at…

Fashion Friday

Hi again! Today was a long day as we had two business visits and a lecture at the hotel. Lineappelle, a leather consortium, was our first visit. The majority of the lecture was about all of the different kinds of leather and animal leather used: cattle, goats, sheep, deer, alligators, fish, and many more. For…

I Love Bean Water

What a day! We visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the center of Milan. This was the very first Starbucks in Italy and it opened last fall. Italians were very apprehensive of a chain American coffee company entering Italy because coffee is a huge part of the culture here. But, Starbucks went ALL OUT for…

Como, Duomo, and Espresso

Today was our first company visit of the trip. We toured Mantero Seta Textile Company which is located in Como, north of Milan. First on the tour, we were led through a huge design room with all-white surfaces and books and papers piled all over tables where dozens of workers were collaborating. It was exactly…

Metro and Museum in Milan

Day three in Milan began with the hotel breakfast again, and we took the metro for the first time! We became comfortable navigating the metro and transferring lines. Our first destination of the day was the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and we used to metro to travel there. At the university we received…

No Cappuccinos After Lunch

After a much-needed night of sleep, our second day in Milan began. Breakfast at the hotel consisted of croissants, eggs, fresh fruits, juices, and coffee, and my cappuccino was delicious. Compared to the complimentary breakfasts at chain hotels in the US, this breakfast tasted wonderful. Following breakfast, Mirelle an Italian native, gave us a crash…

Giorno Uno: Meeting Milan

We landed in Milan at eight in the morning after a LONG day of traveling. The landing was the most turbulent I had ever experienced and made me feel nauseous for the first part of the morning. The day started looking up when we arrived in Milan, however, the weather must have followed us from…

Eager for Italy

Hi! My name is Hallie Paules and I am currently ending my freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a chemical engineering student and I am interested in pursuing a career in the cosmetics or haircare industry. I am a member of the Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Rho, a social engineering sorority, which…

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,…