What to do if your phone gets lost or stolen.

Traveling to a foreign country, I never thought that I would have my phone stolen.  I was very watchful in Florence and Venice.  These were the places where I was most likely to get pick pocketed.  Although this was not enough.  In Milan, as I was sitting on a bench like seat, I had my…

2 Days in One Blog

  On May 17th, we got some time to explore Milan, but also had a company visit in the afternoon.  Although this was not your average company visit. The company came to us to give a presentation on what and how they do things.  Valaska was their name.  They were a startup that works make…

Here and Back Again

Today (May 16th) we went back to Milan, but before we did that we went to three companies. Today was a busy day and very exhausting. The first company that we saw was a logistics company similar to Amazon, just Italian. The second company was a tailoring company. The third company was a knitwear factory….

A Short Day in Verona

Yesterday (May 15th), was a fairly short day, we really didn’t do too much. Our meeting time was at 2:15 PM to begin the day. So I tried to wake up early, but this did not happen. For lunch I went to McDonalds, this was an interesting time. The place was filled with mostly German…

Another City of Bridges

Venice is another city of bridges, a marvel of Engineering and an interesting city. Yesterday we took a day trip to Venice. There we took a walking tour, explored the city for a while, took a gondola tour, and a taxi. There the taxis are boats, so that was interesting. The gondola tour was interesting…

City Hopping

After a nice visit to Florence, we departed for the last half of the trip. It feels like I have been here for a long time, not just a week. We are not in Verona, a town about the size of Pittsburgh. It is refreshing to be in a city that is not too big….

Tourist City

Today we got a chance to sleep which was extremely helpful because most had been basically falling asleep yesterday. For breakfast, since I woke up late, I had two sandwiches. Both were very good, but I didn’t realize that one was simply just tomato and cheese. I was expecting some meat, but it still tasted…

Busy Day in Florence

Hello from Florence. Today was a long day and just about everyone crashed. I woke up at about 7:00 and checked out some things in the main square. It was very interesting to see the square empty of pedestrians, but it had some cars. Italians drive on everything and anything that they can. After breakfast…

Florence: Artistic City

Today we spent most of the time on the bus from Milan to Florence. I thankfully got a nice nap in. We stopped for lunch at a rest stop, here the food was very good, and I thought to myself, no wonder why American fast food chains can’t compete in Italy, even the causal food…

Ride Around Lake Como

Today we went to Montaro Silk Factory and Lake Como. Montaro silk factory is a factory that designs and supplies silk patterns to high end brands. There we saw their archive of fabric and their factory. Their archive was a collection of books and old fabrics dating back to the late 1800s. Here is where…

Learning the Metro and exploring Italy

Yesterday when we went to see the Duomo, we could not see the inside because it was later in the day. Thankfully today the Duomo had Mass at 7:00 am. Being already tried from traveling, I was quite worried I would not wake up. Thankfully I did, 5 of us were present for mass. On…

Fun Filled Day

Today we had an Italian crash course on the language, took a walking tour of Milan, and had some fantastic food. Today was long, especially since the jet lag was still wearing off, but was definitely fun. I attempted to order food in Italian twice, which ended up with me speaking English about half way…

5 Days till Italy

My name is Spencer Sullivan and I am an upcoming sophomore computer engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh.  I grew up about a half hour east of Pittsburgh and went to Penn-Trafford High School.  There I played three years of varsity ice hockey and worked at my family’s business.  After coming to the University…

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…