Final Day

Today was our final day as a group in Italy. It was sad in the sense that the trip has been an amazing experience and I’ve made great friends amongst the group. However, it was also happy and cheerful as we discussed our favorite parts of the trip. We also had a wonderful site visit…

Montenapoleone

Today we went on a walking tour of via Montenapoleone, the Excelsior department store, and the surrounding fashion-centric area, had a group lunch, and attended a presentation by Bottega Velasca. Montenapoleone is a famous shopping street in Milan and is home to the flagship stores of many important Italian and international brands. Some of the…

A Day of Site Visits

Today was packed with site visits from start to finish. We started the day by checking out of our hotel in Verona and heading to Gruppo Sinergia, an e-commerce logistics services provider in the Verona area. It was interesting to see how they were taking a different approach to e-commerce for the Italian market. Italians…

Free Morning in Verona

Today was a mainly free day in Verona. We didn’t have anything to do until our site visit to Consorzio della Moda in the afternoon. I spent our free morning walking around Verona’s shops and backstreets. It is a very pedestrian-friendly and easily navigable city with such incredible charm and Italian character. Unfortunately, it was a…

Day 9: Venice

Today we went on a day trip by train to Venice. During the train ride, we were able to see the beauty that is Veneto, the region of Italy stretching between Venice and Verona. The countryside here is quite beautiful, with rolling vineyards between small towns. When we disembarked the train in Venice, we immediately…

Buonasera Verona!

Today was primarily a travel day from Florence to Verona. We boarded the bus in Florence at about 11 am and, after stopping for lunch on the autostrada, arrived in Verona at 3 pm. Our hotel here is by far the nicest of the trip. We have a living room as well as a large…

Lunch at Gucci

Today we didn’t have to get going until noon, so I decided to have a late breakfast outside of the hotel. I ventured to the Florence train station to Vyta Santa Margherita, an Italian chain of cafes. The food was good, as is most food in Italy, but I was visiting more for the design…

Trattoria Mario e il Gucci Garden

Today we visited a leather school in Florence call Scuola del Cuoio that is a third-generation family run business. Scuola del Cuoio is both a workshop that produces leather goods that they sell themselves both in Italy and in New York City as well as a school that teaches people how to handmake and design…

Ciao Firenze!

Today we checked out of Hotel Sempione in Milan and drove four hours south on the Autostrada to our hotel in Florence, Il Guelfo Bianco. The drive through Italy’s food valley was gorgeous, filled with views of hillside villages and farmland. Florence is a much smaller city than Milan with only 383,000 city residents compared…

Quarto Giorno

Today we journeyed to the city of Como and its truly stunning lake. The town itself is just as you picture small Italian towns to be in your imagination. The roads are small and mainly devoid of cars, gelato counters and outdoor seating areas are plentiful, and the people are stylish and quintessentially Italian. We…

Visitare L’Universita Cattolica e il Museo della Scienza

Today began with another wonderful breakfast of a croissant and espresso and continued with a metro trip to Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the largest private university in Europe and the largest Catholic university in the world. We attended an info session about study abroad opportunities at the university as well as a lecture on…

Il Vecchio Contro il Nuovo

Today began with a traditional Italian breakfast of a croissant and an espresso. I enjoyed the lightness of this meal versus our heavier breakfasts in the States. Following breakfast, the group convened for a crash course in Italian with a native Pittsburgher who now lives in Milan. This lesson was very helpful later in the…

Eccitato per Milano!

My name is Noah Rosenfeld. I’m a rising sophomore in the College of Business Administration majoring in both Finance and Economics and minoring in Museum Studies. I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently reside in a suburb called Flourtown, which borders the Northwest corner of the city. My passions in life are split between the world…

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…