Last Day in Verona: Consortium and Sunsets

Another day of cold rainy Pittsburgh weather, ugh! The tour guide keeps saying that this weather is rare for May. We only had one company visit today, and then we had the entire afternoon and evening free. In the morning, we walked to Consorzio Della Moda with our translator who we met the other day…

Moments in Verona: Day 12

Today was the busiest day we have had on the trip so far with 3 company visits and the bus ride back to Milan filling up all hours of the day, which was a fitting way to end the trip with this being the last of business days. The company visit we had was Gruppo…

Moments in Verona: Day 11

Today was by far the shortest day of the trip to date with a morning company visit that ended before the afternoon even had a chance to begin. The company we visited was Consorzio Della Moda founded in the year 2000 that acts as a organizational tool for small family owned companies to have a…

Moments in Venice: Day 10

Today was our day trip to Venice, a long one at that starting at a train ride around 10 and another at 8 to bring us home. These train rides were yet another opportunity to step back from the hectic travel and simply marvel at the beauty that is Italy. The rolling hills, wine vineyards,…

Moments in Verona: Day 9

Today was the second day in Verona and it was filled with a visit to a college, a company tour, and a visit to a local mall where we got lunch. The college was the first place of the day to be visited; its name is the new academy of Design in Verona and it…

Moments in Verona: Day 8

Today was a great day and probably my favorite of the trip so far. It started with waking up at 9 for a 3-hour bus ride that was very relaxing. In addition to a great nap, it was nice just calmly listening to music and looking out at the Italian countryside, something not typically possible…

Gruppo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and MF1: Day 12

Ciao for the last time as this is the last blog post of the trip. Our last day started with an early morning as usual, but the last one of that too. I am honestly extremely sad this trip is coming to an end so soon, as I have made friends and had experiences I…

Il Gran Finale

Ciao amici! Today was our last day of site visits, and we finished off with trips to Grupo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and Mario Faroni’s Knitwear Factory. Grupo Sinergia is an e-commerce company that is contracted by other businesses to provide logistics, packaging, and a medium for online retail, thus acting as a service provider in…

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,…

Last Company Visits = Best Company Visits

We left Verona today and headed back to Milan. On our way to Milan we made multiple stops to different companies. First, we visited a distribution center which specializes in packaging and sending products on behalf of all different types of companies. This visit tied in nicely with our focus on supply chain and I…

Arrivederci!

What a busy day! Today we visited three companies on our way back to Milan. All three are smaller companies that are based entirely in the local region and are part of the Consorzio della Moda we visited yesterday. After checking out of our hotel, we took a bus to one of Gruppo Sinergia’s four…

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…

Castle in Verona

Today we had the worst weather yet. It was just under 50 degrees and raining. Even worse it was still windy so it felt even colder than it was. Regardless of the weather, we had a company meeting planned and we had to continue on.  Today we met again with the people from the fashion…

Gruppo Sinergia and Sartoria Cavour and MF1.. Oh my!

Today turned out to be a great day. It started again with breakfast in the hotel and then we checked out. We all loaded onto a bus and headed to the company Gruppo Sinergia. This company is like a much smaller and more personalized version of amazon. They have about 45 employees and ship out…

When in Venice…

After an early wake up call and a little longer than an hour train ride, we arrived in Venice. I really liked the train ride because I was able to see the country side of Italy. The rolling hills and large vineyards were very nice and it was exactly like how I pictured. When we…

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…

School, Shopping, and Eating

Today was our first full day in Verona and we started with a visit to a local design school. The school we visited was called Nuova Accademia del Design and they have three specialities: interior design, visual design, and fashion design. We had the opportunity to hear from professors and students about their experiences with…