Day 11:

Buongiorno amiche! Today was a short but information-filled day. We had only one company visit and then were set off on our own to appreciate our last day in Verona. Our company visit for today was Verona Vale, a fashion guild in Verona composed of around 400 companies. These companies include anything from the production…

Day 10: Gone Gondola!

Hey everyone! Today was the day I’ve been most excited for… Venice! We woke up and took a train to the famous lagoon islands. Like most of this trip, the bad weather followed us. The Venetians call this “bora“, but I know it’s really just the Pittsburgh curse. It was cold and windy but the…

Day 9: School in Verona

Hello again friends! Today felt like a full a school day. We started our day off with a visit to Verona’s design school. This is the second school we’ve visited in Italy, and so far I’ve realized school is school, there are classes and teachers and even though we’re in a different country it’s still…

Day 8: Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?

Hi everyone! It’s Day 8, and our first day in Verona. This morning we left Milan behind and traveled to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Verona is absolutely beautiful, even more than Milan in my opinion. We arrived and were able to check in and grab lunch. We miss American food so much…

Day 7: The Fashion District in the Fashion Capital of the World

Hey Friends! Today we finally got to see the fashion district in Milan. It was everything I’d imagined and more. I’ve been to New York City, but even the Big Apple doesn’t compare. There were blocks upon blocks of all kinds of stores. From high end luxury pens to new and chic kids apparel, there…

Day 6: Becoming Fashion Forward

Ciao amiche! This is our sixth day in Milan, and by far our most eventful. We started our day with a company visit to Lineapelle, a luxury leather company headquartered in Milan. After we grabbed a quick lunch and were on our way to Milan’s very own fashion library. Originally the fashion library was scheduled…

Day 5: Fashion, Fashion, and More Fashion

Hello again! This is our fifth day in Milan, and so far my favorite! We started our day by visiting the Starbucks Roastery and learning about their genius business plan for Starbucks to break into the Italian coffee market. Afterwards we were given time for lunch and exploration on our own where my friends and…

Day 4: Rain or Shine, We Still Have a Good Time

Hey friends! This is our fourth day in Italy, and our first day trip outside of Milan! Today we toured the famous silk company Manterro then took a trip to Lake Como. We must have brought the Pittsburgh curse with us, because it was cold and rainy all day. But that didn’t stop us from…

Day 3: Fashion, Food, and Exploration

Hello everyone! This is our third day in Milan and we’re starting to adjust to the time change and the city, now it’s time to do what we came here to do, study of course! We started our supply chain studies by visiting Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, a world-renowned school known for fashion and…

Day 2: When in Eataly..

Ciao friends! This is our second day in Milan, and slowly but surely I’ve been immersing myself into Italian culture. I can definitely say I’m loving every second of it, although sadly my bank account and waistline are not. Today we got our first real look at Italian culture and Milan itself with a class…

Day 1: A Hop, Skip and Jump Away

Hey everyone! I’m happy to say I’m writing this blog in Milan, Italy. Today is our first day. We arrived in Italy around 9am in their time, but for us it would have been about three in the morning. I didn’t realize how far away Italy actually was until we flew here. Safe to say…

Al Mundo!—To the World

Ciao Everybody! My name is Christina, though I go by Tina. I’m from Bellwood Pennsylvania, a small town nestled in the heart of Penn State country. Although I’ve been immersed in Penn State culture my entire life, I have always had a passion for Pitt. And here I am today! Currently, I’m a freshman in…

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,…