Plus3 Italy: Final Reflection

I can hardly believe that nearly two weeks have passed since the Plus3 trip to Italy. I can easily recall all the preparation that went into this program, from applications to presentations and packing. Now that I have had time to reflect (and bother all of my family and friends with hundreds of photos from…

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Unfortunately I will not really be discussing anything pertaining to an Italian restaurant in this blog but I just thought of this title and this blog is my last opportunity to use it. Once getting back to the hotel after my final Italian meal tonight, I packed for the plane ride home tomorrow. I am…

Shoes & Department Stores

The first time we were in Milan we focused on the history and sights of the city, while today we focused on the high fashion aspect of the city. This came in the form of a fashion walking tour and a lecture from the Velasca shoe company startup. On the walking tour, we went to the…

Road Trip to Milan

Three site visits were on today’s agenda: the Synergy Group Logistics Center, the Sartoria Cavour tailoring company, and the Mario Foroni Knitwear Company (MF1). These sites encapsulated many aspects of the fashion supply chain, from design to packaging and shipping. As a special treat, our tour guide Luca arranged for us to travel in the…

Back with lots to share!

[Photos: 1. Costumes of Romeo and Juliet; 2. Fabric printing in Mero & More; 3. Our Plus3 study abroad group was featured in an article in Verona’s local newspaper!; 4. An interesting paragraph I read about a fashion project/brand that seeks to ethically reuse high quality fabrics and give employees a fair chance, regardless of…

Off to VERONA!

We arrived around 2:30 P.M. in Verona after a nice trip on a coach bus. I was able to relax and enjoy the views of the Italian countryside while listening to music. At the rest stop, we were happy to see Pittsburgh represented when we saw Heinz ketchup and mayonnaise. Once at the Grand Hotel…

The David and The Beach Boys

Since it was our last day in Florence, yesterday’s goal was to finish up some things I had not yet seen in the city. First on that list was to look around at the Florence Leather Market with some friends. Although I did not make any purchases, I enjoyed seeing all of the tents filled…

Alligator, Ostrich, and Deer, Oh My!

Today was our visit to the Florence Leather School, the site visit that my group Team Squadra presented on back in Benedum. I was looking forward to seeing the artisans craft fine leather goods in front of us. At the leather school, I was very impressed at how seriously they take preserving the art of…

A New City

The first half of today was dedicated to leaving Milan and traveling to Florence, approximately a four hour trip by bus. Because I slept on the bus, I don’t have much to say about the trip except that I learned how different the definitions of rest stop are in the U.S. compared to Italy. Specifically,…

Truly Torrential

Today will be hard to beat. We went to the town of Como, which was very different from Milan. It is a center for textile manufacturing, which explains our visit to Mantero Seta SpA, a family-owned silk company that does nearly everything from design to screen printing and Inkjet printing for brands including Calvin Klein,…

Metro, Duomo, Gelato

This morning was an early one. A few of us left the hotel at 6:15 for 7:00 mass inside the Duomo, which was definitely worthwhile. After some confusion navigating the Metro, we saw the city center through a new perspective without the crowds of tourists. Shoutout to Spencer and Dr. Clark for helping us find…

First Tastes of Italy

Although yesterday was very exciting, I felt significantly more prepared for the day today after getting a full night’s sleep. The morning began with my very first Italian breakfast, the highlight of which was a Nutella-filled croissant. The first activity was an “Italian Crash Course” which was language-focused but addressed other general important cultural differences….

Arrivederci, Pittsburgh; Ciao, Milano!

My name is Shelby Smith and I just finished my freshman year at Pitt. I’m from Dallas, PA (near Scranton – I’m a big fan of The Office)! I’m planning on majoring in marketing and pursuing the certificate in leadership and ethics. On campus, I’m involved with Pitt Program Council and Pitt Tonight. With finals…

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…