The Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour, compiled by well-known historian, author and presenter Dr Celestina Sagazio, on behalf of the CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society, highlights Carlton’s rich Italian built and cultural heritage. It is available to download and also as a hardcopy at the CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano throughout the Open House Melbourne Weekend 2023, (10am-5pm).
This downloadable Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour has been developed to provide an 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.
Nominated for a 2022 Victorian Museums and Galleries Association Award as part of the Italian Carlton Project.
This event is part of the Open House Melbourne Weekend 2023 running across Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.