Last Night in Italia

Today was our last day in Italy but it still doesn’t feel real. This morning we took the Milan metro for the last time as a huge group of 28 people to go explore the fashion library of Milan. This library holds over 70,000 books that are related to fashion, but books being everything that…

To eat or not to eat the rocket salad? That is the question…

Today we started our day by taking a walking fashion tour of Milan. Within the span of three streets, we passed by probably every single luxury brand on this planet, all one after the other. There was Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and so many others that it was very overwhelming to be surrounded by so many…

3 Companies > 1

Today we packed up our stuff and checked out of our hotel in Verona. On our way back to Milan, we stopped at three different company sites, all which are a part of the consortium, Consorzio della Moda. The first company we visited was a logistics company called Groupo Sinergia. Of the three companies we…

Romeo and Consorzio della Moda

Today we had a free morning to explore Verona. Even though it was raining, I spent most of the morning out in the city, mostly window shopping. After buying a pair of jeans I’ve been eyeing for two days, I went to Juliet’s house with Emily, Shelby, and Ruby. While the house was mostly empty,…

Venice and Shelby’s Birthday!

Today we went on our day trip to Venice! And it’s Shelby’s birthday! After arriving by train, we took a water taxi to essentially the other side of the city. On the short five minute ride, we saw many monuments and basilicas on the edge of the water which was interesting to see. I never…

Ciao Verona!

Today we packed up and traveled north to Verona. On the way, we stopped at one of my favorite places in the world: an Italian gas station. The caprese sandwich was absolutely delicious, unsurprisingly, and I still stand behind my statement that Italian gas station food is some of the best food in the world….

Statues can throw shade too

Today we had mostly a free day to explore Florence, so this morning Shelby, Russel, Spencer, and I walked to the Florentine leather market. This market is right around the corner from the Duomo and is full of stands selling everything from wallets to purses to belts. I bought a purse for myself and simultaneously…

Leather, fur, and fingers

Today we visited the Scuola del Cuoio, the leather school of Florence. It was really cool to be able to walk through the old dormitories of the school where the workshops of the masters are today. When we arrived there, we got to see the “last guilder”, Francesco, press gold leaf onto a leather coaster….

I Love Italian Gas Stations

Today we packed up our stuff and headed to Florence! It was a three hour ride from Milan to Florence and along the way there were many places along the way that reminded me of a traditional Italian farm. On our way there, we stopped at a rest stop and I kid you not, had…

The Squid and the Lake!

Today was our day trip to Lake Como! We began our day at the Mantero Silk Factory. This is a family owned company that began production in the early 1900s. This was my first tour of a factory and this was one of the coolest experiences ever! I learned a lot about how silk is…

Fashion and Leonardo da Vinci

I planned on going to the Duomo this morning for 7 am mass with a few students, Dr Bursic, and Dr Clark, however I unfortunately could not wake up, so I started my day instead at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Traveling to the university was very cool as we rode the Milan subways…

Ciao from Milan!

Our first full day in Milan! After a traditional Italian breakfast in our hotel, we started the day off with an Italian crash course where we learned how to use some simple phrases to help us navigate through Italy. We also learned some cultural differences between the United States and Italy. Some things that we…

Off to Italy!

Hi everyone! My name is Molly Hughes and I just completed my freshman year in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I am working towards a mechanical engineering degree, hopefully with a materials science and engineering minor and a nuclear certificate. I’m from right outside Philly in Lower Merion PA (for…

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…