Day 12: Back to Milan

Day 12 saw us say goodbye to Verona. This was a bit sad because Verona was such a cool city that I enjoyed staying in. Hopefully I can return sometime in the future to the wonderful city. The first business shadow of the day was at Grupo Sinergia, a logistics company outside of Verona handles…

Day 11: Verona’s Value

Day 11 was short but fun. In the morning we visited the Verona Consortium, our only shadow of the day. This business shadow was my favorite of the entire program so far, because of how in depth we learned about the Verona Consortium, and the clarity with which we were able to see its main…

Day 10: Touring the Historic City of Venice

Today we saw the wonderful city of Venice! Venice is a city I have long heard of and seen in movies and video games alike. Obviously, it is very unique because it is built all on water. Immediately upon arrival to the city I was blown away by the views (and the wind too). We…

Day 9: New Design Academy and More

Day 9 first saw us travel to the New Academy of Design in Verona. Driving to the academy we again got a grand view of the Swiss alps. It seems like the whole time we have traveled around Italy the Alps have continued to follow us, displaying the true grandeur of such an iconic mountain…

Day 8: Moving to Verona

Day 8 started with a bus ride from Milan to Verona. During the bus ride, when I wasn’t sleeping I got to see some more stunning views of the Italian countryside and the Alps. Upon arrival we to the city I became instantly aware of its difference to Milan. To me, Verona seems like a…

Day 7: A Tour of the Italian Fashion District

Day 7 was a simple day. This worked well because for some reason everyone in the group seemed extra tired at breakfast today, probably just a coincidence. Anyways we started the day off going into the 10 Corso Como art piece/store. The clothing there was really nice but also really expensive. I remember looking at…

Day 6: There’s that many different types of leather?

Day 6 was a busy one, but also an insightful one as well. We started the day with a shadow of Lineapelle Leather. I definitely learned much about the production process of leather through this shadow. The presentation also involved being handed different types of animal leather for around 45 minutes nonstop. I felt leather…

Day 5: Starbuck’s Reserve

We started off Day 4 with a business shadow of the Starbucks Reserve in Milan. Truth be told, I was a bit skeptical as to how Starbucks could possibly compete with the long cultural history and prevalence of coffee within Italian culture. I am sure that there is better coffee in Milan than Starbucks, and…

Day 4: A Rainy Day in Como

We started off Day 4 with our first official business shadow of the Mantero Silk Factory. Walking through the plant, it was very interesting to see behind the scenes of one of the most established silk plants in the world. In my opinion, Mantero did a great job of displaying the cohesion between the business…

Day 3: The Catholic University and Science Museum

Day 3 of our Italian experience was definitely my one favorite yet! Personally, I really felt like our group clicked today, and everybody seemed to be getting along really well and having a bunch of fun, which was awesome to see. We started the day off with a lecture on the fashion supply chain with…

Day 2: Tour to the Duomo

Day 2 was very eventful. First, we started the day out with some quick lessons on the basics of Italian language and culture from an Italian woman named Mirella. What struck me was how passionate Mirella was to share her culture, and I can tell that she is very proud to be an Italian. I…

Day 1: Arriving in Milan

Truth be told, today started out a little rough for myself. On the flight over from Newark to Milan, despite trying exceedingly hard, I managed to get no sleep whatsoever. This sleep deprivation combined with the the extensive wait time to go through customs, ugly weather upon arrival, and the fact I forgot my debit…

Hopefully Going To Milan Will Teach Me How To Dress Nicer

Hello there! My name is Garret Clauser and I’m a Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh studying Marketing and Film and Media Studies. A little background on myself, I was born in San Antonio, Texas (which if you ask me is a pretty cool place to be born so I like to flex it) but…

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,…