Last day in Milan

Today we visited the Milan fashion library where we saw a lot of old fashion magazines. I found it interesting how the styles have changed over time. I was amazed how they had books dating back to the 1800’s. I read a few of the magazines and read a few of the newspapers they published….

Our journey to find cannolis

Today we started off the day by going on a walking tour of the fashion shops of Milan. On the tour we went into the excelsior store where they had a bunch of high end fashion on display and for sale. I thought the building was interesting because the inside was designed entirely with metal,…

We are not the Verona soccer team

Today we had a long day of company visits. We started off the day early by waking up at 7:30 so we could leave for our first company by 8:45. The first of the three company visits today was to a logistics company. At the logistics company we ran into the same problem we had…

We found a castle!!!!!!

Today we got to enjoy the morning to ourselves. A group of friends and I decided to take advantage of the free morning to climb the bell tower located in the center of Verona. Upon getting to the bell tower I thought we should just take the elevator up but Steve insisted we take the…

My day in Venice

Today we went to Venice. We traveled from Verona to Venice on the train which was very fast and comfortable. After we got to Venice we took a boat taxi to the city center. I liked being able to see the city while on the taxi but banged my head on the top of the…

Glad to be back in Verona

Today we spent the morning traveling to Verona. I was very disappointed to be leaving Florence because it was so nice there and I really enjoyed the city but I was excited to come to Verona because I remembered loving it here the last time I came. When we got to Verona I remembered why…

2 euro wasted on the Italian carousel

Today we got to sleep in a bit which allowed us all to catch up on the sleep we have not gotten enough of during this trip. After getting up around 10:30 I was able to walk around Florence and see some more of the city. Then at 12 we met up as a group…

First full day of Florence

Today we started off the day by learning about the production of leather products at the Scuola del Cuoio. We learned about the different leather products and saw how the artisans worked on the leather goods. I was fascinated by watching the artisans work on the leather and sew the different leather pieces together to…

Half a day in Florence

Today we had a long day of traveling in the morning with a visit to an art museum when we finally arrived  in Florence. I did not enjoy the traveling of today but enjoyed the time we spent in Florence today.  Nick and I started off the day early by waking up at 8 o’clock…

Rain can’t ruin Como

Today we enjoyed a day at Lake Como. The view of the lake was amazing with the mountains surrounding it. During our free time we enjoyed views of the lake from the shore and walked around the city a little and watched a turtle try to climb on a stick. On our tour of the…

Best Pizza

Today we had some of the best pizza I have ever had. For dinner we went to what our tour guide told us was his favorite place for pizza in the city and it was great. The place was by the canal and we got to enjoy our delicious pizzas while sitting by the canal….

Ciao from Italy

  I am so happy to be back in Italy. After a day of travel we finally arrived in Italy yesterday morning. Once we got to Milan we immediately started on our Italian adventure. We quickly stopped in the hotel to get settled before going out as a group for a big Italian lunch with…

Russell’s First Plus3 post

Hi. My name is Russell Jacobs, I just completed my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh where I  am studying civil engineering. I  have two younger brothers and am very close with them and the rest of my family. In my free time I like to hangout with my friends and play and watch…

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…