The Last Hurrah

Today was our last day in Italy. The day began by visiting the Milan Fashion Library. It is a private library that hosts a collection of magazines, look books, books, newspapers, etc. I was intrigued by a book that had a title along the lines of Blood and Glitter. It mainly focused on David Bowie,…

Can’t Take Me Anywhere

Yesterday, we went on a fashion walking tour of Milan. Most of the tour involved touring a high end department store called Excelsior. It was interesting how they laid pieces out not by brand but by style. For example, there was a sporty section as well as an edgy section. Overall, I would have liked…

Follow Suit

Today was a long day. We left Verona and had several site visits on our way back to Milan. Our first stop was the Verona Fashion Consortium, specifically the Logistics Center. At the Logistics Center, they focus on connecting the online component to the physical component of the company. In Italian culture, online shopping is…

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?

Weather wise, today was cold and rainy; however, three of us still set off first thing to see Juliet’s house. We took pictures on the balcony and went through the museum of sorts. At the end, we posed with a statue of Juliet. It was definitely my favorite stop of the day. Next, we went…

Never Want to Leave

Woke up today 17 minutes before we were off to Venice. I used the train ride there as an opportunity to grab some more sleep. We took a boat that was a taxi to the main part of Venice. The boat was absolutely not designed for tall people. Russel banged his head trying to get…

In Fair Verona

Today, we traveled by bus to Verona. After checking into the hotel, we went on a walking tour. Not going to lie, I was not a huge fan of our tour guide, but I did enjoy the tour. We saw Juliet’s house, as well as Romeo’s house; however, Romeo’s house is a private house. We…

Sleep, My Old Friend

Not going to lie, not having a start time until 12 today was really nice. I have been told that I am not a real human being until 11, so the late start time was definitely beneficial. Our first stop was the museum where the statue of David is kept. Seeing the statue in person…

What a Day

Today was a long day. To begin with, we visited the Florentine Leather School. I enjoyed seeing how to monogram leather. They showed us how they use the gold and heated tools to achieve the different patterns. At the end, they were even able to monogram some of the souvenirs people bought. We were also…

There They Are

When I first arrived in Italy, I was wondering where all the crowds were. I saw next to no tourists. We arrived in Florence today and let me tell you; there were tourists and crowds of people everywhere. It was borderline overwhelming. I can’t really say much about the bus ride to Florence because I…

Como Eileen

The title has no significance other than the fact that I am listening to Come On Eileen. I might finally be over jet lag. I know everyone loves my updates on the jet lag. I do not want to disappoint anyone. Anyway, we began today by going on a company visit to Mantero, which is…

Parla Inglese?

Jet lag was still hitting me hard today. We were able to visit the Universita Cattolica (the a in universita should have an accent over it for reference). While there, we learned a bit about their international program as well as learned a bit about fashion and business from one of the professors. I found…

When in Milan

Today was fantastic! I might be in love with Italy. On a side note, I thought I was doing pretty well with the jet lag, but boy was I wrong. I woke up this morning fully intending to go down to the hotel lobby and eat breakfast. In reality, I stayed in bed for an…

Leaving the East Coast

  Hi, I’m Madison Seeger. I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. My major is industrial engineering, and I plan on working towards a Supply Chain Management certificate. I am also a Pitt Pathfinder or one of the student tour guides at Pitt. Outside of school, I love reading and watching Disney…

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…