Not A Goodbye, Just A See You Later

Today was a very busy day! We woke up for an early breakfast and left the Hotel San Luca and the beautiful city of Verona by 9am. After a short bus ride to the Italian countryside we arrived on location of the full service provider Gruppo Sinergio. We enjoyed a lecture on the fascinating capabilities…

In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene…

Today was a simple but interesting day! The group gathered in the hotel San Luca’s lobby for a visit at the local Veronese consortium. We walked a short distance to the consortium and sat down for the presentation and question panel. We learned about the consortium’s role as a unifier for small Veronese fashion businesses,…

Today I Fell For Venice

Today was the best yet! Venice was the most amazing experience of my life! After a beautiful train ride across the Italian countryside, with an amazing view of the Alps and the passing Italian vineyards, the train crossed the venetian lagoon and into the city of Venice. Immediately out of the train station we were…

A Sunset I’ll Never Forget

This morning we gathered for our first breakfast at the Hotel San Luca, where I had a delicious cappuccino with breakfast pastries! After breakfast we gathered in the lobby to start our day. We took a private coach bus to Nuova Accademia Del Design, a Veronese design academy which offers three year programs in architectural,…

The Arena

Arrivederci Milano! Buongiorno Verona! Today we packed up and left the Hotel Sempione in route to Verona! After a two and half hour bus ride through the Italian countryside, only a short distance from the Alps the whole way, we arrived amidst a cold rain. The drive was very beautiful but we were all very…

A Day at the Duomo

Buongiorno! This morning we were able to sleep in until 10! We walked back to the modern district of Milan and spent a half of an hour exploring 10 Corso Como. 10 Corso Como is a modern fashion store, which actively pursues contemporary and alternative designers to sell for. Corso Como also hosts a book…

Starbucks and Szforzesco Castle

This morning we took the metro from Hotel Sempione to the Milan district that contains the Duomo to visit the Starbucks Reserve Roasterie! This was our second site visit, but one I have been excited to do since we arrived! I mentioned in a previous blog post, that I was very excited to experience the…

A Rainy Day Won’t Stop Us

The last couple days have been beautiful, sunny yet cool. Today was not so much. A cold wind and rain greeted us as we left the hotel for our first company visit at Mantero. After a bus ride just short of an hour, we were greeted by our tour guide who introduced us to the…

University Cattolica and Leonardo Da Vinci

Today was very exciting! We started early, at 8:15am local Milan time, and took Milan’s public transportation system to The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. There we went through an amazing lecture from a local professor for international students. Francesca Romana Rinaldi’s lecture was on fashion supply chain and how it connects…

Italian, Photos, and Versace

Buongiorno! Today has been very exciting! This morning, around 8:30am local Milan time, I woke up and enjoyed breakfast in the hotel lobby. The food was delicious and I was very excited to try my first genuine Italian espresso! After breakfast the group went through our Italian language and communication crash course. We learned typical…

Arrival and First Thoughts!

Today we arrived in Italy!!! After an arduous series of flights and layovers our plane touched down in Italy, marking the first time I have been out of the United States! Our plane had a rocky landing however, and the majority of my trip mates were complaining of motion sickness, despite this, I was feeling…

Milan, Coffee, and Me

Ciao! My name is Nathaniel Mitrik and I am closing my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh with the experience of a lifetime! I will be going to Italy, my dream international trip destination, this May for Plus3 Italy! I am a Pittsburgh native, but have lived all around the United States. Places I…

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,…