Final Work Day

Today was a great way to end this trip and was one of my favorite overall. Our first visit was to Grupo Sinergia, a shipping company. We got the chance to see the behind the scenes of this crucial step in the supply chain. Online orders come in and are displayed on monitors above the…

Verona Day 3

Today started out cold and rainy again but warmed up later when the sun came out. We had one company visit in the morning, but I felt like I got a lot out of it. We talked with representatives of a fashion consortium called Consorzio Della Moda, which works to unite the different fashion companies…

Day Trip to Venice

Today we took a train to Venice for the day. The train ride was awesome because we got to see the Italian countryside. We passed by small towns and fields of olives and grapes. When we arrived at Venice, we were greeted by a beautiful canal but also cold, cloudy, windy weather that would persist…

Verona Day 2:

Verona Day 2 Today was overcast but not raining thankfully. After breakfast we took a bus ride a design college. The school offers classes in fashion, interior design, and architecture. In the presentation we learned about how the school focusses on teaching their students on how to design a product that is practical as well…

Verona Day 1:

We started off today by packing up all our stuff and taking a bus to Verona. It was raining on arrival but stopped later but remained cold and cloudy throughout the day. After checking into our hotel in Verona we went to a McDonalds for lunch, mostly just to see how it would be different….

Milan: 5/11/19

Today was a fairly short day which was a welcomed rest after yesterday’s marathon. We got to go on a walking tour of the fashion district of Milan called the Quadrilatero Della Moda. It consists of a few narrow streets lined with very expensive sports cars and high fashion stores. In the district we passed…

Milan 5/10/19

Our company visit for the day was to the Lineappelle leather consortium. We got the chance to learn more about how the company operates and about the leather industry in general. During the lecture we passed around countless samples of leather made from bovine, calves, cow stomachs, sheep, goats, pigs, alligators, kangaroos, lizards, fish, snakes,…

Starbucks and Armani visits

The sun was back out today for our visits to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and the Armani museum. The Starbucks was massive with multiple counters selling sandwiches, pizza, baked goods, alcohol, expensive merchandise, and of course, coffee. They roast coffee beans in the store for their own use and also ship them to Starbucks across…

Day Trip to Como

Today we went on a bus ride to Lake Como. It started with a tour of the Mantero silk company. This is a family run company that designs and makes silk for high end fashion companies to design clothes out of. They called themselves the “ghost writers of the fashion industry” since the fabric they…

Milan: University and Museum Visit

Today was another beautiful day in Milan. We started by taking the metro to the Cattolica University. Since both Cattolica and Pitt are in cities it was interesting to make comparisons between the two. Cattolica had much older looking architecture as well as many beautiful statues on the campus. Overall it seemed the buildings were…

Milan: Day 2

Day 2 was a great improvement over day one considering I was no longer exhausted from travel and the weather was beautiful. We started out with a crash course on how to speak Italian well enough to survive and on manners as well. I was surprised to see how much I knew already. I feel…

Arriving in Milan

Today was all about transitioning from travelling, to living in Milan. It really has felt like on long day since leaving Pitt. Our plane made a very turbulent arrival in Milan that left me and many others feeling nauseas. When we finally made it through customs the reality of being in Italy finally started to…

To Italy!

Hello, my name is Matt Jaros and I am a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I was born in Richmond, Virginia but have moved many time across the country. However, I have spent the last six years living in Haddonfield, New Jersey, a small, suburban town outside of Philadelphia. Go…

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,…