Finding the Perfect “Fit”

Can not believe that today was our last day to explore Italy! To end a surreal adventure, we had a workshop at the Milano Fashion Library. During this visit, we had a brief talk led by an employee of the Library, a tour, and time to explore the fashion artifacts. It was really interesting to…

Shop (And Walk) Til You Drop

Ciao from Milan! Today, we met with a tour guide who took us on a Fashion Walking Tour. We walked through a street that is comprised of designer and luxury brands such as Dior, Gucci, Guess, and Dolce and Gabbana. After walking for a bit, we ended up at a concept store & department store:…

PurSUIT of Happiness

We left the quaint town of Verona today and traveled back to the fashion industry’s global headquarters: Milan, Italy. During our trip — which as a fun fact, we drove around in the Verona soccer team’s bus, we visited three unique fashion companies. First, we visited the Logistics Center associated with the Verona Fashion Consortium…

O Teach Me How to Forget to Think

Despite the rain, chilly weather, and a cold that has left me without much of a voice, I still had an amazing day in Verona! We woke up early so we could get into Juliet’s House. It was a lot of fun to explore her house with its unique artifacts such as clothes, a bed,…

Venice: A Paradise Oasis

After a delicious breakfast at our hotel in Verona, we traveled to Venice via the high-speed train. When we arrived in Venice, I tried to take in the picturesque city atop a series of canals before we boarded water taxis to transport us to the land. The water taxis were definitely my favorite mode of…

In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene

Today, I enjoyed my last morning in Florence with an adventurous walk through the side streets near the central plaza. I had intended to take some more photos of the plaza and the Duomo but there happened to be a race this morning so it didn’t exactly go as planned. However, it was still fun…

Culture Flourishes in Florence

Today, we had a lot of free time to explore the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. After yet another delicious breakfast, I shopped near the central plaza with a friend. Even at 9 am, Florence was already bustling with people near the Duomo. We were able to take some photos though which was nice. Then…

Gucci (and Florence) is Gucci

Today we had a hectic day! After a delicious breakfast in Florence, we ventured to the Florentine Leather School. The artisans here were extremely skilled. We were introduced to a variety of techniques. One of the artisans demonstrated a gold plating technique that is common on coasters and bags. Because of the authenticity of the…

Welcome to Florence!

Today, we left Milan and traveled to Florence. Our bus ride was uneventful but was a great opportunity to catch up on some sleep! Our hotel in Florence is good – huge rooms with quality wifi (easily allowing me to post this blog)! It is also located right in the center of Florence so I’m…

Come stai, Como?

Today was an incredibly informative and culturally abundant day! I had a amazing time during our excursion to Como. We began our day with a site visit at Mantero which is a textile & silk manufacturer. It was fascinating to learn about the manufacturing process which consisted of design, printing, and finishing — which allows…

Metro through Milan

Today, we had another fun and busy day! After a delicious Italian breakfast, we headed to the Università Cattolica. During our visit, a woman briefed us on the university, its emphasis on international studies, and the opportunities — such as study abroad and internships — for students from the United States. It was interesting to…

Italian 101

Ciao! Today, I began my first full day in Italy with a lovely breakfast and a walk around town. Then, we engaged in an Italian Crash Course. This was taught by a Pittsburgh native who now lives and teaches English in Milan. I learned numerous common phrases and information about ordering food at restaurants. Therefore,…

Planes plus Pasta

Ciao from Milan, Italy! Today, we finished our travels and successfully landed overseas in Milan, Italy! After settling in to our hotel, we walked over to a local restaurant for lunch. Here, I had the most delicious pasta that I had ever tasted. It was different than pasta cooked in the US as it had…

Ready to take on Italy!

Hi everyone! My name is Dana Emswiler and I am an industrial engineering student in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I am also pursuing a certificate in supply chain management. I am extremely active in the Society of Women Engineers. I am currently serving in the Corporate Relations officer position…

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…