Three Visits One Girl

With three company visits on our line up, day 12 was jam packed. First, we went to Gruppo Sinergia, a company that performs several functions for its clients, including distribution and warehousing. They look to make logistical improvements in the shipping process. In their ten years of operation, they have never lost a client, which…

Verona Views

We started off the morning with a rainy walk to a big building for a lecture on the Verona Consortium. The Verona Consortium was founded in 2000 by the member companies. It is composed of 48 companies. The speakers explained that many of the companies were founded by an entrepreneur with a good idea after…

Canals in the Cold

Onto Venezia! We took the train from Verona to Venice this morning for a quick day trip. My friends and I decided to disregard the weather forecast of mid 50 degrees and all wore our cutest sun dresses. Big mistake. Turns out, the wind that comes off the water makes things a lot colder. We…

Day 9: Can Time Slow Down?

This morning, we navigated a new breakfast buffet at our new hotel. I decided on a chocolate pastry, a mini muffin, and some prosciutto. The water pitcher was constantly being refilled as everyone on this trip is really missing free American water. In Italy, you have to pay for bottled water in restaurants. It’s not…

In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene…

Ciao, Verona! We left Milan at nine today, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to sit on a bus for three hours. It was great opportunity to catch up on sleep and rest my tired feet. Verona welcomed us with rainy skies and cold weather which none of us really packed for….

Sharks, Stingrays, and Ostriches, Oh My!

We started off day six by going to Lineapelle, a leather consortium based in Milan. They work under USIC, a non-profit that promotes the success of the Italian leather industry. The walls of the room we went into for our lecture were covered in swatches of all different kinds of leather. Prior to the lecture,…

A Cannoli and a View

Day five was extremely long but so worth it. In the morning, we went to the Starbucks in Milan. This isn’t just any Starbucks, but a beautiful old post office that was refurbished into a massive roastery. Because the Italian people were resistant to the idea of a Starbucks infiltrating their sit down and relax…

Day 4: Looney for Clooney

How can you be anything but thrilled when you’re in Italy? Despite another early morning wakeup, I was happy as can be on the bus this morning. The mix of old architecture and new skyscrapers looked especially beautiful in the morning grey of the city. Today we visited Mantero, the company my group was assigned…

Day 3: New Amici

To start day 3, we had an early morning wake up to go to Cattolica University. This wake up was made less painful by the delicious chocolate croissant provided by the hotel for breakfast. We took the metro to the university, which was insanely crowded during rush hour. I quite literally got very close to…

Buongiorno, Duomo!

Day two in Milan certainly did not disappoint. The day started with a delicious croissant filled with apricot jelly in the hotel lobby. After breakfast, our group met in the lobby for a pretty thorough crash course on the Italian language. Mariella, our instructor, took us through basic pronunciation of letters and then some basics…

Pizza, Planes, and Purchases

We have finally arrived in Milan! I truly can’t believe the day has come. Everyone on the trip put a great deal of work into the application and pre-departure preparation, so to finally be here seems surreal. The process of traveling from Pittsburgh to Milan was a little grueling, as all long distance travel is….

Bring on the Cannolis

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Wright, but I go by Ellie. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Italy this May to study the fashion supply chain. I am a currently undeclared freshman in the business school pursuing certificates in leadership and ethics and international business. I am from Scranton, Pennsylvania,…

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,…