Arrivederci Italy!

Today was sadly our last day in Italy, and I am going to miss it but am looking forward to going home. To start the day, we took the subway to the Milan Fashion Library. This is a documentation center that holds archives of past magazines, books of trends, and notebooks. It is a private…

Shoes Glorious Shoes

Today was our second last day in Milan. We started the day with a guided fashion tour of Milan. The main focus of the tour was at the store Excelsior. This store included many floors of high end men’s clothing, women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, perfume, and more. It was such a cool building both…

Business Day

Today was a very long day. We had three different company visits, each focusing on something new. Our first stop was the logistics center of the fashion consortium company we learned about yesterday. Before touring their warehouse, we got a brief presentation about the e commerce industry in Italy, particularly about Gruppo Sinergia. Basically, this…

Day 10

Today was a very rainy day in Verona. We had the morning off to do what we wanted, so we decided to go into town and shop for a bit. But before that, we enjoyed a big breakfast in the hotel (probably the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever had!). The shopping in Verona was basically…

Venetian for the Day

Today we took our day trip to Venice. I have always seen pictures of the boats and canals online, but never really knew what it would look like in person. Turns out it was even better than I expected! All of the “roads” are canals and to get to most places, you have to travel…

Day One of Verona

Today was another traveling day. We left the hotel in Florence this morning and rode the bus about three hours to Verona. I was not sure what to expect from this new city, because I have never really heard anything about it before. But when we got here, I was so pleasantly surprised. Verona is…

Ciao Florence

Today was sadly our last day in Florence. We got a late start today and went to visit the Academic gallery, which is home to the famous statue of David. I was surprised at how big the sculpture really was and it was really cool to see. After that, we had the rest of the…

Gucci Gang

We had a packed day today in Florence. First, we started off at our company visit to the Florentine Leather School. While here, we learned a lot about the different kinds of leather skins and were even able to witness the workers hand-making bags and embroidering designs in gold. Everything was so high end and…

First Day in Florence

This is going to be a shorter blog post today because it was a traveling day. We left Hotel Sempione in Milan and drove four hours to Florence. We checked in to our new hotel and headed out into the main square. The atmosphere was a lot different than Milan, as it has more of…

I’m Moving to Como

Today was definitely my favorite day in Italy so far. We traveled about an hour to the city of Como for the most part of the day. We first did a company visit of Montero Seta SPA, which manufactures and distributes very high end silks. It was incredible to see how much effort was put…

Learning CAN Be Fun

Today was quite different from yesterday because we learned a lot more about the luxury and high end fashion industry as well as more history of Milan. We began by taking the Metro to a catholic university, the largest one in Europe in fact. It was very interesting to experience how a college functions in…

Adventures in Milan

Today was our first full day in Milan, and everyone was more than eager to see the sites after finally getting a good night’s sleep. But before getting outside, we first took a quick crash course in Italian so we could learn some helpful words and phrases to use when exploring on our own. Prior…

Next stop: Italy!

Hi everyone! My name is Meredith Irving and I am a business student pursuing a major in supply chain/marketing at the University of Pittsburgh. I am 18 years old, and from Buffalo, New York. I have just finished my freshman year and can’t wait to begin our travels in Italy. On campus, I am a…

Meet Plus3 Italy 2018!

Welcome to the Italy Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Dr. Karen Bursic and Dr. Renee Clark are traveling to Milan, Italy with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory, Sartorial Cavour…