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Argyle Square on Lygon Street, Carlton

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Published September 27th 2013
If you need a moment to relax and enjoy the open space
One of the major suburbs located North of Melbourne City is Carlton, and one of the major arterial streets that passes through the heart of Carlton is Lygon Street. Although Carlton is a largely multi-cultural suburb, Lygon Street is largely known for the Italian restaurants, cafes and culture, with a big Italian festival called "La Dolce" usually held during Summer months.

Argyle Square, located on Lygon Street in the Italian precinct

One of the public spaces on Lygon Street, comfortably nestled between the residential and commercial buildings that surround it is the Argyle Square, a haven of green space for passersby, and of course the birds who seek refuge in the trees.

Entrance into the Piazza at Argyle Square
A great place to rest for people and birds

One of the main features of the Argyle Square is the Italian style Piazza (or meeting place) that is build in the northern side of the square, and it is known as the Piazza Italia. The piazza was built as a joint project with the cooperation of Milan, the twin city to the City of Melbourne. There is a huge sundial in the centre of the piazza, and small tiles spiral around it, creating a beautiful piece of art on the ground.

Sundial in the Center of Piazza Italia

There is a stage for performances and a white backdrop for movie screenings as well in the piazza. The towers that line one side of the piazza also serve as lighting posts in the night, and provide a great place for the birds to sit on and get a good view of the surroundings.

The towers that line the Piazza serve as lights at night, and a perch for birds to relax on

The gardens are intersected by diagonal walkways which are lined by tall trees, creating lots of shade for hot summer days. Plenty of benches can be found throughout the garden and the piazza for people to sit and enjoy an ice-cream (or gelato to be more culturally apt). Children are often seen playing with their soccer or footy balls or just running after the birds or playing with their siblings or friends.

Shade-giving trees line the walkways

The streets that border the square on the south and north side are dotted with terraced Victorian style buildings which are beautiful to look at.

Beautiful Victorian Terrace House

Strolling through the square and visiting the surrounds will give one the feeling of being in a European city for those few moments. Pick a sunny day, pack a small picnic, or you may choose to order take-away, and head to Argyle Square if and when you are in the Italian precinct, or make it your destination during the festival.

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Why? A relaxing space in the Italian Precinct
Where: Lygon Street, Carlton
Cost: Free
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