Day 10: A Day in Venice

Day 10 here in Italy was a day trip to Venice! Venice is a super unique city that was man made. There are no cars and few bikes; instead, people either walk or ride on boats through the canals. It’s kind of crazy to think that the residents of Venice still live that way while…

Day 9: Lots of Design

Today was our first full day in Verona! We began with a trip to the New Academy of Design where we heard lectures about fashion and interior design. The New Academy of Design, or NAD, allows students to specialize their studies. The students there are a variety of ages: some come straight after high school…

Day 8: Ciao, Verona!

This morning we said goodbye to Milan for a few days and headed to Verona! We took the nicest coach bus I have ever been on and drove around two and a half hours before arriving in Verona. It was a pretty short ride that also gave me a great opportunity to catch up a…

Day 7: Shopping on Saturday

Today was day 7 in Milan! I can’t believe it’s been a week already; time has really flown by here. To start our day off, we visited 10 Corso Como, which is a really cool and unique store in Milan that someone described as a magazine in the form of a store. They sell a…

Day 6: Leather & Good Weather

Day 6 here in Milan was a busy one! We first went on a site visit to Lineappelle. Lineappelle is a leather consortium, so we were able to learn a lot about leather and the leather industry during our time there. Italy is the largest exporter of leather, so learning about the industry while in…

Day 5: Coffee & Couture

Day 5 here in Milan was one of my favorite days yet. We started off the day by going on a site visit to the first Starbucks to open in Italy. This is no ordinary Starbucks: it is also a roaster that makes all their coffee on site. For some background, coffee here in Italy…

Day 4: Soaking in Como

Day trip to Como! I had heard so many wonderful things about Como before coming to Italy, so I couldn’t wait for our trip there. After only about an hour on the bus, we arrived at the our first site visit of the trip: Mantero Seta, a silk company located in Como. At Mantero, they…

Day 3: Italian University & Museum

Day 3 started off with our whole Plus3 group taking the metro together to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, which is a large Catholic University in Milan. When we arrived, we listened to a presentation given by Francesca Romana Ronaldi, a sustainable fashion expert who also teaches at the University. She explained different fashion…

Day 2: Exploring Milan

Day two in Milan! We started our day off with an Italian crash course where we learned how to say and properly pronounce some key Italian phrases. Learning what vowels and letter combinations create what sounds, the formal and informal words and when to use each, and the meaning behind some popular hand gestures all…

Day 1: Made it to Milan

We made it to Milan! After a full day and night of flying and exploring the Pittsburgh and Newark airports all with very little sleep, we finally touched down in Italy. I couldn’t wait to let this Plus3 experience really sink in! We went through customs and baggage claim before hopping on a bus to…

Meet Me in Milan

Hi everyone! My name is Catherine Sandford, and I am currently a freshman here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am off to Italy in May for the Plus3 program, and I could not be more excited! For a little background on myself, I was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I lived there for 8…

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,…