Last Ones, Best Ones

Our last day of company visits in Italy was by far my favorite. We started of the day at Gruppo Sinergia which specializes in the e-commerce field like Amazon. They ship to customers all over Italy and Europe. One thing that really impressed me about the company was their productivity despite their small size. The…

Verona Consortium

Today all we had planned was a visit to the Verona Consortium. The Verona Consortium has around 40 different companies in the consortium and works with about 100 companies. Something that really stood out to me about the companies was that they are actually very small, and I could see this a lot when we…

Witness Venice

I woke up this morning with Venice being the only thing on my mind. I have always wanted to visit this beautiful city and have been looking forward to today since I knew I would be in Plus3. We had to take a train to Venice which I actually enjoyed so much. We traveled through…

New Academy of Design & More

Our first stop today was to the New Academy of Design which was extremely interesting to me. It just felt amazing to be at a place with so many creative people at one time. It was also so cool to see some of the designs from the current students there. We got a chance to…

The Beautiful City of Verona

Today we got to Verona, and it has by far been my favorite city of the trip. The town is very small and is a perfect representation of what I thought an Italian city would look like. First, we took a walking tour where we stopped at the iconic arena. From an engineering standpoint, it…

Exploring the Fashion District

Today we got a chance to take a walking tour of Milan’s famous fashion district. It was cool to see a change of scenery because a lot of Milan has traditional architecture but this part of the city was very modern and had a very urban feel to it. I really enjoyed walking by Giorgio…

Leather, Libraries, and Shoes

To start off day 5 in Milan, we visited Lineapelle which is a company that specializes in leather goods. We got a chance to see and feel many different types of leather from animals like snakes, ostriches, fish, and many more. I was very surprised at some of the different animals that leather could come…

Espresso & Designer

I was really looking forward to today because we got a chance to visit the Milan Starbucks Roastery, which is one of the companies I did research on prior to this trip, and also because we had a chance to visit the Giorgio Armani museum. I already knew a bit about the Milan Starbucks Roastery…

Mantero Silk and Lake Como in the rain!

Today we had the pleasure of visiting a company called Mantero Silk, which was by far my favorite part of the day. The factory made pieces from silk for many companies including some big names like Louis Vuitton and Chanel. We got to see where the silk starts and how the patterns are printed on…

Day 3: Fashion and Innovation

Day 3 was a very full day where I feel like I really learned a lot about what Italy has brought the world in terms of fashion and innovation. We started the day with a lecture about the fashion industry and sustainability from an expert in the field who also works with the United Nations….

Ciao, Duomo!

Starting off day two in Milan was very exciting for me because I got a great night of rest and woke up ready to enjoy the day. After breakfast, we had an Italian crash course where we got to learn a lot about the Italian culture and language. It was a bit difficult at first…

Day 1 in Milan!

Traveling to Milan has been extremely tiring, but has been a nice experience overall so far. Once we got through customs and got on the bus, it really hit me that we were finally in Italy. There first things that caught my eye was the beautiful Alps in the background. They were so amazing, and…

A World Awaits in Milan!

Hey everyone! My name is Erick Patterson and I am close to finishing my first year at The University of Pittsburgh and it has been amazing. I plan to graduate with a degree in Finance and a certificate in Business Analytics. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my mother and sister, and we all share…

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,…