Italian men playing cards outside a café might all feel a bit Sopranos if you're unfamiliar with this vibrant area, but there is nothing to fear in Carlton except for eating too much gelato. With Melbourne Uni close by, it's student vibe meets Italian pride in Lygon Street’s restaurants, cafés, and gelaterias. Catch a boundary- pushing performance at La Mama theatre, and D.O.C will give you the authentic post-show pizza. In agreeable weather, a picnic in the Carlton Gardens is a treat. You can learn something new at Melbourne Museum, or just take a stroll on the leafy, terrace-lined Drummond and Rathdowne Streets. Walk from the CBD, or meander over from the Melbourne Uni tram stop. Little Italy, with a Melbourne twist, awaits you.