Dr Celestina Sagazio, well-known historian and author, presents an informative and engaging online presentation, on behalf of the CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society, which explores and brings to life the special character that is Italian Carlton.

Featuring images from the CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society’s Collection, the online presentation provides a unique visual record of the Italian influence on this iconic Melbourne suburb. Striking built heritage such as Benvenuta (now Medley Hall) and the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and iconic restaurants and cafes such as University Cafe are highlighted, along with many fascinating stories that have shaped the development of this much loved and respected Melbourne multicultural precinct. The celebrated Lygon Street is still referred to as “Melbourne’s Little Italy”.

The online presentation is designed to also be used with the downloadable Italian Carlton Self-Guided Tour (compiled by Dr Sagaziio) and which encourages users to explore Carlton’s unique Italian cultural heritage including CO.AS.IT.’s iconic Alice Pasquini Per l’Australia mural in Faraday Street, Carlton.


Nominated for a 2022 Victorian Museums and Galleries Association Award as part of the Italian Carlton Project. 


 Open House Melbourne

This event is part of the Open House Melbourne Weekend 2023 running across Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.


Educational programs
Offering a special education program for teachers of Italian, English and SOSE – with self-guided or staff-led options – Museo Italiano is the perfect place for your next excursion!
School visits
Further research
The IHS has extensive collections of historic materials documenting the Italian presence in Australia. These are made available to scholars, writers and the community to assist them in family and community research.
Temporary exhibitions and events

Complementing the Museo's permanent collections, Co.As.It. regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and cultural events.
(Photo: ©Emilio Cresciani)

Cultural program