Last Visits and Last Blog Post

Today we travelled back to Milan for the last leg of our trip. However, not before three site visits to three companies, all operating outside of Verona. We began at Grupo Sinergia, a shipping company that houses, packages, and ships various products for various different companies. We received a lecture that described the company’s mission…

Last Day in Verona!

Today we visited Verona’s fashion consortium to receive a lecture on what it does and how it helps the city and region. However, the lecture evolved into much more. The gloomy morning rain made the 30-minute walk to the consortium unpleasant to say the least, but we arrived and settled in to our seats by…

Day-trippers in Venice!!

For me, today was the most anticipated day of the trip. I have dreamt of seeing the city of Venice, Italy from a very young age and today was the day that my dream came to life. We boarded a train around nine and arrived in Venice around 10:30. Immediately upon exiting the train station,…

Second Day in Verona!

Our first day of visits in Verona began with a lecture from faculty at Verona’s new Academy of Design. The passionate speakers each explained the process of obtaining a degree and what can be done with one. The school offers programs focused on either architectural design, visual design, or fashion design. I was particularly interested…

First Day in Verona!

Today, we awoke early to travel from Milan to Verona where we will spend the second portion of our trip. I relished the three-hour drive, watching the white capped alps shadow the rustic Italian countryside. Upon arriving, we took a few hours for lunch and then began our first activity in Verona, a historical walking…

Fashionable Last Day in Milan

Today we focused on the shopping culture that stems from the world-famous brands centered in Milan. Our first stop was 10 Corso Como, the city’s most luxury concept fashion store, named after the street on which it lives. As we walked through the vibrant, plant- laden entrance, I immediately knew that this is more than…

Milan: Day Six

Our sixth day in Italy began with a mini tour and lecture at the Linneapelle leather consortium. We entered the modern looking building and continued through the sun-drenched courtyard and into a presentation room. There, we learned about the company and leather’s part in the fashion industry. Our lecturer stressed that Linneapelle follows sustainable, ethical…

Day 5 in Milan

Today’s adventure began early with a trip to the very first Starbucks in Italy. This location serves not only as a coffee shop, but as a roastery. We entered the magnificent building and immediately filed to the corner of the shop where we received a private demonstration with one of Starbucks’ products for making coffee…

A Rainy Trip to Como

Today was the first of many site visits, and it did not disappoint. The Mantero Silk company is one of the various silk companies nestled in the greater Lake Como region and supplies materials to many big name brands such as Gucci, Louie Vuitton, and Channel. We began our day touring their factory which employs…

Day Three in Milan

Today, we continued our lessons in the fashion supply chain. Traveling to University Catholicca, we began our day with a lecture from Francesca Romana Rinaldi, an expert in both supply chain and sustainability within the fashion industry. She explained how efficient, environmentally conscious supply chains help satisfy the three P’s of sustainability, “Planet,” “People,” and…

Day-trip to the Duomo

To continue our adventure in Italy, we began the day with a lesson in Italian language to help us navigate the many restaurants and coffee bars of the country. We learned phrases like “Bongiorno” and “buena sera” and when to use each. Likewise, we learned how to order at various establishments and how to address…

A Long First Day in Milan

The day is finally here! After months of waiting and multiple days of travel, we finally arrived in Milan, exhausted from the trip yet excited for the adventure to come. Immediately on the bus ride from the airport into the city, I noticed how architectural design is far more artistic and expressive than In the…

Italy with Robbie

Ciao! My name is Robert (Robbie) Ferreira, and I am a freshman studying business at The University of Pittsburgh. I was born and raised in northern Virginia, about 45 minutes outside of D.C. and came to Pitt to pursue a career by means of the nationally ranked business school. I love all things music and…

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,…