Il Gran Finale

Ciao amici! Today was our last day of site visits, and we finished off with trips to Grupo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and Mario Faroni’s Knitwear Factory. Grupo Sinergia is an e-commerce company that is contracted by other businesses to provide logistics, packaging, and a medium for online retail, thus acting as a service provider in…

Il Giorno Undici: Ritorno del Consorzio

Buongiorno tutti.! Il nostro giorno a Verona started with a hearty breakfast of croissants, mozzarella e pomodori, and several glasses of succo di arancia. After breakfast, we walked from our hotel to our first and last scheduled activity of the day, a visit to the Fashion Consortium of Verona. At the Consorzio della Moda, we…

I Cannoli e I Canali

Ciao tutti! Oggi, siamo andati a Venezio per una giornata perfetta! We started our journey with a train ride from Verona to Venice, which was actually my first time on a train. Being on a train reminded me of the rides on the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter series, except that in our case…

Il Giorno Nove: Stile e Design

Buongiorno di nuovo! Today was another fantastic day, and it all began with una colazione deliziosa that had scrumptious croissants, savory biscotti, and espresso eccellente! Breakfast was then followed up by a bus ride to La Nuova Academia del Design, abbreviated as NAD, which is a school specializing in fashion, interior, and visual design. At…

Bellavista a Verona

Hard to believe that Plus3 is already half-over!  Every day so far has been action-packed and exciting, and today was yet another day that I will never forget. Our day began with us travelling from Milano to Verona via a two-hour bus ride.  While gazing out of the coach bus, I was able to see…

Il Giorno Settimo: Invasione degli Alpini

Our seventh day in Milano started with a visit to 10 Corso Como, which is a designer brand retailer located in a part of the city known as “l’isola”, or the island. The store contained a variety of stylish clothes and accessories, including Gucci belts and suits. However, as most of the merchandise was relatively…

Amicizia della moda

Il Giorno Sei era perfetto! Today we attended a presentation at the Lineapelle leather consortium, toured the Milan Fashion Library, and finished off with a lecture by Velasco. Lineapelle has a unique position in the supply chain, as they are an international leather and tannery exhibition that holds display fairs a few times a year…

Caffè, Armani, e Io

Today in Milano we toured the Starbucks Reserve Roasterie and the Armani Museum while also spending some free time in the city. The Milanese Starbucks itself is a story of perseverance and success, as the company, knowing how picky Italians are with their coffee, performed a year of market research before opening their location in…

Lago di Como e Mantero Seta

Oggi, we travelled north to Como, where we were given a tour of Mantero Seta, Lago di Como (where George Clooney lives), and the town of Como. Mantero Seta is a family-owned silk company that has been in operation since its founding by Riccardo Mantero in 1902. The company designs and produces textiles for luxury…

Dall’aula, Al Museo, A Da Vinci

Hard to believe, but day three is already finished! After the tour of the city and the soccer match yesterday, it was pleasant to have a slow-paced, educational day in Milano. The day began with a delicious breakfast, followed by a metro trip to L’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where we were treated to a…

Gelato Nella Città

Il Giorno Secondo in Milano was just as fantastic as day one, perhaps even better, as I experienced many more first-time experiences and made many new friends! To start, today I had my first espresso in Italy!  Not being a big coffee guy, I was very unaccustomed to not only the great taste, but additionally…

Il Primo Giorno

After much excitement and preparation, the time finally has come: we are now in Milano! The flight from Pittsburgh to Newark was relatively uneventful, but the flight from Newark to Milan was very exciting, as it was my first international flight. My favorite part of the flight was being able to converse in Italian with…

Benvenuto a Milano!

Ciao tutti! My name is Nolan Turco and I am a freshman majoring in Finance and minoring in Italian at the University of Pittsburgh. I was born and raised in a small town called Kittanning, which is forty-four miles northeast of Pittsburgh and is nestled cozily beside the winding Allegheny River. I am the youngest…

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,…