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CO.AS.IT Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour


An easy to use downloadable Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour has been developed as part of CO.AS.IT. Melbourne’s 2022 Open House Melbourne program to provide a opportunity for users to explore Carlton’s unique Italian cultural heritage for themselves. The tour has been compiled by well-known historian, author and presenter, Dr Celestina Sagazio and includes an easy to follow map of iconic Italian influenced built and cultural heritage, located in and around Lygon Street, Carlton, still fondly referred to as “Melbourne’s Little Italy”.

The self-guided tour features: CO.AS.IT.’s Museo Italiano and the iconic Alice Pasquini Per l’Australia mural; striking built heritage such as Benvenuta (now Medley Hall) and the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building; iconic restaurants, cafes and eateries such as University Cafe and Casa del Gelato; and well known cultural landmarks such as Borsari’s Building and Piazza Italia Argyle Square.

Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour has been designed to be used as a stand-alone self-guided tour or in conjunction with Dr Sagazio’s Italian Carlton Online Presentation which features images from CO.AS.IT.’s Italian Historical Society Collection and provides fascinating information and stories on the sites which are outlined in the tour making it a truly memorable and informative experience.

What's On

The Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour, compiled by well-known historian and author Dr Celestina Sagazio, highlights Carlton’s rich Italian built and cultural heritage and is available to download on demand from the CO.AS.IT., Melbourne website or as a hardcopy at the CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano throughout Open House 2022 (10am-5pm).

The tour can also be used in conjunction with the Italian Carlton Online Presentation, presented by Dr Sagazio, which is available on demand on the CO.AS.IT. Melbourne website.




Images: (1) CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano, 2022. Photo: CO.AS.IT. (2) CO.AS.IT. A. Pasquini "Per L'Australia" mural, 2016. Photo: CO.AS.IT. (3) Benvenuta (aka Medley Hall), Drummond Street, Carlton. Photo CO.AS.IT. (4) Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, looking from Rathdowne St, Melbourne, Photo: C. Sagazio. (5) Borsari Building, Lygon St, Carlton. Photo: C. Sagazio.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 30 + Sunday 31 July
Hard copies of the self guided tour are also available at the CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano which is open 10am-5pm.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Fully wheelchair accessible


CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053


Presented by CO.AS.IT. Italian Assistance Association, Melbourne.


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