Reflection

I would like to thank the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship for providing me with the funds necessary to make this study abroad trip possible.  Without this assistance, it may not have been possible for me to take part in an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. During my time…

Arrivederci Forever

On our final full day in Italy, we visited Milan Fashion Library in the canal district and had our last family lunch. I have been to the canal district a few times for dinner on this trip, but never during the day.  This area of the city is one of my favorites and is a…

Cannoli Cannoli Bring Me the Formuoli

On our second to last day in Italy, we took another walking tour and listened to a presentation from a local Italian shoe startup. On our walking tour, we visited another section of the city that we had not yet been to.  This area had many shops and was nice to walk around in.  We…

Don’t Say the “S” Word (Soccer)

The next chapter in our Italian adventure involved three different site visits, a bus ride, and a family lunch. First, we checked out of the Grand Hotel and left for the first company.  This was the online Italian logistics center, which is a hub for Italian ecommerce and online shopping.  We learned about how Italian…

RIP in piece Verona

Our last day in Verona was fantastic and I’m sad we have to leave so soon.  However, I had a great time here so I can’t really complain.  Today, we explored the city during a free morning, visited a fashion consortium during the afternoon, and had family dinner afterwards. This morning, I chose to get…

I didn’t order this…

Today was day nine in Italy and our one and only day in Venice. Venice is an amazing city built on water where streets and canals are completely intertwined.  The city is essentially on a man-made island and the canals are an integral part of the city’s design.  Upon our arrival in Venice, we promptly…

Those aren’t bearded dwarves, they’re Italian children!

On day eight of our Italian adventure, we got up early to travel to the town of Verona.  In beautiful Verona, we took a walking tour and had family dinner.  It rained all evening, so I didn’t get to explore the city much.  However, Verona is great and definitely my favorite city that we have…

Pizza con… Pistacchio?

Today was our seventh day in Italy and we are now over halfway done with the trip.  It feels so weird that we have already been in the country for that much time.  As a group, we visited the Statue of David and the gallery that houses it, saw the inside of the Duomo, and…

Nature is defined by the rhythm of the seasons and its capacity to evoke a web of myths and secrets; an enchanted territory divided between two poles – beauty and fear – that are characteristic of fairy-tales, but also of daily life in its display of natural phenomena.

Day six in Italy was certainly an interesting one.  We visited the Florence leather school, the Gucci museum, and the Galileo museum. At the Florence leather school, we had the opportunity to watch an expert leather artisan create a leather coaster decorated in gold.  We watched as he heated the tools, covered the coaster in…

International Professor of the Year

On our fifth day in Italy, we traveled from Milan to Florence by bus, and then went to a massive art gallery. We left Milan early in the day, and were able to view the Italian countryside during the bus ride.  The mountains are very beautiful and I’ve never seen anything quite like them.  The…

Funghi Town

Today marked our fourth day in Italy, where we visited the town of Como and the neighboring lake. I started the day off with a capuccino like a true Italian.  I’ve never drank coffee before, but the hotel barista makes a tasty one.  Then, I slept on the bus ride and awoke at a luxury…

Pizza con Prosciutto

On day 3 of our Milan visit, we visited a university, a museum, and the canal district. At the university, we experienced a lecture about fashion supply chain and learned a bit about the university.  The university costs about $8000 for a year of tuition if we wanted to go there so I’m wondering how…

Why is the water fountain so low?

Our second day in Italy involved learning some basic language skills, a walking tour of Milan, visiting the Duomo, and some authentic Italian food.  At the language lesson, a Pittsburgh native who now lives in Milan taught us everything we need to know in order to survive our trip to Italy.  It’s hard to remember…

Plus3 Italy

Hello!  My name is Steven Kirk and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am a Pitt Business student majoring in Accounting with a minor in Business Analytics.  On campus, I am the Innovation Competition Coordinator for Enactus, a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honors society, and a member of…

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…