Can’t Say No to Celine

So much in one day! We had 3 company site visits and a bus trip back to Milan. The longest day we have had so far. First stop: Grupo Sinergia. This company focuses on overseeing logistics for their clients. The warehouses prepare the packing and shipping of their clients’ products. Grupo Sinergia is similar to…

Cats and Dogs

After visiting Mero & More and understanding their structure, we finally got to visit their head organization, Consorzio Della Moda. The consortium was founded in 2000 by young entrepreneurs and their small companies after they realized in order to compete internationally, they “need to get together.” The success of the organization is due to the…

Better Than the Venice in Vegas

Early today, we marched to the train station to find our transportation to Venice. It was my first train ride ever! The train car was super clean and comfortable, and although I wanted to watch the scenery that we passed, I couldn’t help but take a nap. One hour later, we made it to Venice!!!…

Should I Switch Schools?

I am starting to feel sickness creep up on me, but I am trying to stay strong for my remaining time in Italy. I want to enjoy every minute of it. Today’s visits in Verona were very interesting and even helped me forget I’m not feeling well. First stop: New Academy of Design, or NAD….

Wherefore Art Thou, Verona

Goodbye Milan, hello Verona!! Almost a two hour bus ride later from our hotel in Milan, and we made it to Hotel San Luca in Verona. I slept the whole way on the coach bus, which was completely necessary to feel like a whole person again. Unfortunately, we have had a rainy first day in…

I Love Calzones

Our first weekend in Italy! The schedule was very light today, which was appreciated because we could just relax after a full week of excitement. This morning we headed down to the fashion district of Milan, also called the Golden District. We first stopped at 10 Corso Como, an innovative fashion boutique that uses their…

Who Knew!

What a jam-packed day! The morning started off with another metro trip to a new part of the city. We visited Lineapelle, a local leather consortium, to learn about sourcing various type of leather and how the consortium operates. The presentation opened my eyes to the production of leather and the vast collection of leather….

What’s Better Than This?

Over 22000 steps today. I started checking my iPhone’s health app since we walk so much throughout the city. It’s amazing to see how many miles upon miles we walk, and it actually makes me feel better about eating so much pasta and gelato. Today the group started off at the Starbucks Reserve in Milan’s…

Coma after Como

Today, the group made it to our first company tour in Italy! We spent our morning at Mantero Seta, a manufacturer of silk fabric, scarves and accessories with unique drawings inspired by an antique textile archive. Our chic tour guide was Francesca Tongiorgi, the head manager of the corporate communications department at Mantero. She explained…

An Urban Campus That’s Not Pitt?

A peaceful rest from the night before prepared me for conquering the first early morning of the trip. To start our day, we had a visit with a local college of Milan, the Cattolica University, where we were given a lecture on sustainability in the textiles and fashion industry by expert, Romana Rinaldi. Essentially, sustainability…

Dreaming about Duomo

Ciao! Mi chiamo Katie! Piacere! Today we started off with a mini Italian lesson for simple phrases and words to use when meeting nuovi amici (friends), and going out al ristorante o al bar. Though most Italians know at least a little English, they appreciate the effort for our Italian communication. For the most part,…

Plane, Pasta & Pizza

Buongiorno! The group touched down in Italy this morning—roughly 8:00 am in Milan time, but 2:00 am back at home—with a pretty rough landing, thanks to the winds at the airport. Milan greeted us with a chilly, misty morning, no sun in sight. On our way to our hotel, I found it hard to stay…

A Blonde Abroad

Hi! I’m Katie Gerber, a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration. I am from a small town in Erie, Pennsylvania where I grew up watching beautiful sunsets on Lake Erie, kayaking in the marshes during the summers, and enjoying the multiple feet of snow during our cruel winters. I played volleyball…

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,…