Day 12: Thursday’s Are For Designers (& a Farewell)

Hello again, Italy! I write one last time, as tomorrow is our last day here and it’s mostly for us to explore Milan on our own. Today, we checked out of our Verona hotel and hit the road early to visit three companies on the way back to Milan. Our first tour was with Gruppo…

Day 11: Still Not Sick of Spaghetti

Hello again, Verona! After yesterday’s whirlwind of activity, I was excited for a day in a more slower-paced area. Our only sanctioned activity for today was a visit to the Verona Fashion Consortium. I was particularly excited for this visit, because I had previously researched information about the consortium and their role in the Veronese…

Day 10: A VeNICE Day

After today, I can finally scratch a few items off of my bucket list. Our day began with a train ride to the one and only Venice, Italy. The train was surprisingly my favorite mode of transportation so far, and the views were incredibly scenic and lush. Once we arrived, we took a water taxi…

Day 9: All About Design

After a fantastic night of sleep in our new hotel, I was excited to start my second day in the charming Verona. The first item on our agenda was a visit to the New Academy of Design. Our visit started with a lecture that focused on master visual merchandising and retail. We got to see…

Day 8: Verona, I am in Thee

I’m now writing to you all from Verona! Our day started with one last delicious chocolate croissant and coffee from Hotel Sempione. Then, we boarded a private bus and departed for our new destination, Verona. Our ride was beautiful, because we had a constant view of the Alps during our ride. 2.5 hours later, we…

Day 7: Ciao Milan…Ciao Verona!

Buonasera, amici! Our second last day in Milan felt unreal. After a sleepy morning, our group embarked on a trip to 10 Corso Como. This establishment sells unique, expensive brands. The store itself felt like a very modern, posh boutique and even had a bookstore on the second floor, filled with artisan home goods and…

Day 6: Leather & the Library

Good evening! Today, we took the metro to the Lineappelle leather consortium. I’ve learned that I love taking the Milan metro! There is no accessible subway system in my hometown, and I find that taking the metro is very interesting because I get to see new people every time and I also see if I…

Day 5: New Perspectives

Buonasera! I can’t believe it, but Italy finds new ways to amaze me each day. Today, we started with a company visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. I learned that this roastery is among five in the world, including locations of Shanghai, Tokyo, Seattle, and New York. Interestingly enough, this Starbucks location is the only…

Day 4: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Today was a day I don’t think I’ll ever forget. We visited Como, a lake town about an hour north of Milan, and took a tour of Mantero, a luxury textile company. I loved our first company visit, because it finally cultivated what we’ve been learning about fashion supply chains and displayed the information in…

Day 3: Academia & Adventures

Hello again! Day 3 has been incredible thus far. My day started off with an espresso and chocolate croissant from the hotel, which was stuffed with a homemade Nutella. I hope I can find something similar in the states! Then, we traveled via metro to Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. I was surprised at…

Day 2: The Blisters are Worth It

Buongiorno, amici! The day started off with a lovely sweet bread and coffee at the hotel. Then, the group was immersed in Italian language and culture, where we learned several key Italian phrases for situations like meeting new friends and visiting a bar (coffee shop) and a restaurant. Next, we explored the area near our…

Day 1: Google Translate is My New Best Friend

I can’t believe I’m finally in Italy and here to tell the tale! So far, our first day in Italy has been full of new experiences.
The day started off with a rough start (literally…. the turbulent plane landing traumatized us all), but we were grateful to finally step foot on Italian soil. After exiting the…

Ciao, Italia!

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Seward, and I am a freshman studying computer engineering and music at the University of Pittsburgh. I hail from the infamously snowy city of Buffalo, New York, and I am the youngest of three. Here at Pitt, I am a graphic artist for The Pitt News and am an a…

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,…