Day 12 – Arrivederci Italy!

Today was our busiest day yet in Italy in terms of company visits! The first of our three visits was to Grupo Sinergia, a “full service provider” that is more on the distribution end of the supply chain. This company works in e-commerce and does everything to help companies sell their products online by offering…

Day 11: Discovering the Verona Vale

I can’t believe Plus 3 is almost over! Our third last day in this magical country started out with a panel from employees of the Consorzio della Moda, which is the Verona Consortium. This company brings together 48 membering small business clothing producers to give them an international network they would otherwise not have access…

Day #10 – Venice

On Day 10 of Plus3 Italy, we took a little break from Verona and journeyed to the famously beautiful and unique city of Venice! Although the weather was a little colder than I was expecting, I was still in awe of this city and wanting to move there by the end. The first moment I…

Day #9 – Verona

I cannot believe that Plus3 is almost half over, but I am so excited for this week and all of the unforgettable days we have planned! We started today off by heading to the Nuova Accademia del Design (NAD) to listen to some of their representatives talk about what the university does and the sort…

Day #8 – In fair Verona, we lay our scene

Today, we waved goodbye to Milan (for now) and said hello to the gorgeous city of Verona! Before looking out the window of the bus at this city for the first time, the only vision in my head was the picture of Verona that William Shakespeare illustrated through his imagery in Romeo and Juliet. Although…

Day #7 – Farewell To Milan

Compared to yesterday, I certainly had a much calmer, more relaxed day in Milan! We started with a company visit to 10 Corso Como, a high end store in Isola that combines fashion and lifestyle. An absolutely gorgeous store, it showcases the work of many well-known designers as well as many newer designers to expose…

Day #6 – Milan

Today was a very busy day for the Plus 3 students in Milan! We started our day off by going to a company called Lineapelle, which the “most important” international leather, fabric, and synthetic consortium. They do not manufacture leather themselves, but they have fairs at different times in the year at their locations here…

Day #5 – Back to Milan

Welcome back to Milan! Today was a busy day that started out with a trip the the very first Starbucks in Italy. Although there have been 2 established since the location we attended opened, this is the initial location, and it is quite a sight. It was very interesting to examine how this American business…

Day trip to Como

Hello again from Italy!!! Today I am writing not from Milan but from Lake Como, where we visited a silk company called Mantero! This company manufactures silk fabrics for luxury brands and also uses some of their products to create finished accessories to sell. Because they mainly only create fabrics, they do not create dresses…

Milan Day #3

Before I went on this trip, I was a little worried that I let my desire to go to Italy trump the fact that “Fashion and Supply Chain Management” has nothing to do with my major. However, today, I was completely proved wrong. After another lovely breakfast at the hotel, we left for Universita Cattolica…

Milan Day 2

Ciao from Milan! Today was a very exciting day because we were able to view the beautiful city of Milan with the sunshine and warm weather instead of the rain. We started with a lovely Italian breakfast of pastries and coffee (or caffé in Italian) and subsequently attended a crash course in Italian Culture. I…

Milan Day 1

Buongiorno! I am pleased to say that we have finally made it to Milan, Italy! Our first flight from Pittsburgh to Newark left us with a long layover that seemed to drag on for forever in excited anticipation of our arrival to Italy. Although our second flight from Newark to Milan took us to a…

Off To Italy!

Ciao! My name is Meara Murphy, and I am an aspiring environmental engineer at the University of Pittsburgh! I come from a notoriously snowy city in our country, Buffalo, NY, where I live with my parents and my two sisters. Some of my hobbies include skiing and cooking. At Pitt, I am involved with the…

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,…