Déjà vu in Milan

Today, we said goodbye to Verona. We boarded a coach bus and started our lengthy trip back to Milan. We had three company visits scheduled for the way back. The first was about 30 minutes from Verona with Grupo Sinergia. This company is a warehouse that sells their clients products online, similar to Amazon. The…

Exploring Verona

For the final full day in Verona, we visited a consortium. Verona Consortium is made up of 48 companies that specialize in a fashion-related business in the Veneto region. It was founded in 2000 as a guild to help smaller businesses compete on an international scale and have access to fashion experts and consultants. The…

Oh My Gondola

Today was our day trip from Verona to Venice. We walked to the train station. The train ride was just over an hour, and the train was the perfect opportunity to nap for a bit. Once you exit the station in Venice, the first thing you notice is the smell of salt water and view…

Mero & More Company Visits

Day two in Verona started with a breakfast at the new hotel. Just like the hotel in Milan, it featured light pastries and cold cuts. We stared our day with a bus ride to Nuova Accademia del Design. NAD is a design school for both graduates of high school and other colleges. They feature 3threeyear…

Day 8: Ciao Verona

Leaving Milan is disappointing, but a change of scenery for a few days is really a good thing. In Milan, things are constantly happening. When you cross any street, it’s a stressful game of chance. In Verona, the majority of the city center is a shopping district with a car passing every few minutes. A…

Day 7: The Alpini are Coming

Today started with a quick company visit to 10 Corso Como, a nearby shop with designer brands. After looking at a few price tags, I knew I should stop touching things. The store was littered with Gucci, Balenciaga, and a few other brands. It was also a trendy, avant-garde selection so definitely not my style….

Snakeskin Leather

Today was filled with exhausting visits and a lecture. The morning started by using the metro to visit Lineappelle, a leather consortium in Milan. First, we learned about the sustainability of the leather industry. Although at the surface, the leather industry appears to be the killing of animals for leather, it can also be seen…

Coffee and Fashion

The day started with a metro ride to Starbucks in Milan. The façade is basically unchanged from the builds prior use as a post office. The front of the building has a relatively large outdoor courtyard and dining area. When you enter the Starbucks, the first thing you notice is how busy the store is….

Day 4: Trip to Como

Today was the first company visit and our first time leaving Milan. In the morning, we travelled on a coach bus to Como. Our first stop was at Mantero, a silk producer. Our tour started in a design room, where designers were creating new projects and splitting completed projects into individual color channels for printing…

Supply Chain in Milan

Today was another beautiful day in Milan for walking. We started our day by traveling to Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, a Catholic university in Milan. We started with a lecture on supply chain sustainability. Although we do not necessarily know every step of the supply chain, it is our responsibility as consumers to ask…

Forza Milan!

The day started off with me somehow waking up to my alarms and wandering to the lobby for breakfast. Similar to my trip to Berlin, the breakfast was largely comprised of cold cuts and types of bread. There was also some scrambled eggs and hard-boiled eggs for a protein boost. I also had some banana…

Ciao Milano!

Despite what most on the trip would tell you, I feel incredibly well-rested. The plane ride was a game of cycling the body part that hurt, but I managed to get a decent amount of sleep with the help of melatonin pills. I was also accidentally awake for both of the meals on the plane,…

Hello, Italy!

Hi, everyone! My name is Josh Briggs, and I am currently a freshman in chemical engineering. In terms of academics, I want to gain as much experience as possible during my time at the University of Pittsburgh. I plan to graduate with minors in economics, industrial engineering, and chemistry. Plus3 is the perfect fit for…

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,…