Last day

Today was our last full day in Milan. We went to the Milan fashion library where designers go to get inspiration. They have a wide variety of magazines to look at. The tour guide also told us that students from the nearby university come by to learn about fashion. We then went to the farewell…

Second to last day

Today in Milan we went on a walking tour of a part of the city we had not seen yet. We learned more about the impact fashion has on the city. We got to tour a store that was doing very well in Milan. It had five floors. The first floor was all technology, the…

Hello Milan

Today we went on a few site visits. First we visited a logistics center for the place we visited yesterday. There they gave us a presentation on the logistics of the company. We learned about their factory and how they get the products from production to end consumer. They stressed the organization of their warehouse…

Goodbye Verona

Today was our last day in Verona. We were given free time until 2:40 so we took the time to explore the city a little bit. I personally went to the top of the hill overlooking the city. It had quite the view. I happened to run into a few of the other students of…

Hello Venice

Today, we took a train to Venice. What a beautiful city. It is very different from every other city I have ever seen. Waterways as streets is an amazing thing to see. Once we got off the train we got right onto a water taxi and rode it to the gondolas. We then rode a…

Hello Verano

Today we drove from Florence to Verano. The trip took about three hours. Once we got here we checked into our hotel and left for a walking tour of the city. We first saw the house of Juliet and then house of Romeo. We learned about the many traditions surrounding the houses. At the house…

Till next time Florence

Today in Florence Italy, we visited the academia museum. In the museum we saw the David which is a sculpture made of marble built in 1501 by Michelangelo. It was a very carefully crafted statue with great detail. Our tour guide told us the history behind the statue. He told us about the “first drafts”…

Giorno Sei

Today in Italy we went to a leather school. There they teach students how to craft clothing and accessories from leather. We got to see a designer craft his own design onto a leather coaster. It we also got to feel the many different materials that they use to create the different clothes. It really…

Giorno Cinque

Today we left from Milan to drive to Florence. The drive took about four hours. It was a very long trip but the beautiful scenery made up for it. Seeing the countryside of Italy and the mountains made the drive much better. When we arrived in Florence and checked into our hotel. The room is…

Giorno Quattro

Today we went on a site visit to a textile company. We saw the entire process of how textiles are designed and produced. They start with creating the designs. We were shown a room of thousands of designs and a whole library of books filled with different designs. We then went down to then factory…

Day Three

Today we visited the Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, where we listened to a lecture about the business of fashion. We also met some of the students of the university and learned about their daily lives. We then toured the university and had lunch there. I happened to meet one student who was a huge…

Day Two

We started our day with a three hour class on the basics of Italian. We learned the essentials that we could use during our two weeks here in Italy. We learned phrases like “buonasera” meaning “good afternoon” and “Che ora è?” meaning “What time is it?” After that we were free for lunch so a…

Off to Italy

Hello, my name is Jack Marquis. A little bit about me, I am a rising sophomore studying finance and accounting at Pitt. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia with one sister. Last semester I was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Accounting Association and played intramural basketball. I am a…

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…