Melbourne is located in the southeastern part of Australia and is the capital of the State of Victoria.

It can be compared to the major European cities. In fact, the melting pot of cultural influences makes this colorful and fascinating city a place where you can breathe and admire the customs of different ethnic groups from all over the world, which over the years have made Melbourne a comfortable cradle of multiple uses and customs. Today's population has about 4.5 million inhabitants.

Melbourne is not only the capital of the state of Victoria, but also the cultural capital of Australia: in fact there are many museums, structures, artistic-cultural industries. The city is indeed the seat of Australian cinema!

Last but not least Melbourne and the surrounding areas are able to meet the needs of every type of tourist: art,culture, cuisine, entertainment, nature and adventure is what everyone is waiting for book a plane ticket for this wonderful city.

Must-see location

Some of Melbourne's major museums are the Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum, the National Sports Museum and the National Galley of Victoria. Then there are many others, and the most important are concentrated in the areas along the Yarra River, another major attraction of the city. In fact this is crossed by numerous boats that give way to tourists to photograph wonderful views, which one would never expect a metropolis to offer.

This city is also known for Street Arts: here the most influential artists gather, you cannot help but notice the many and colorful graffiti that characterize streets like Union Lane, Yarra Place, Duckboard Place and AC/DC lane which since 2004 was called Corporation Lane, a name that was changed on October 1st in the same year in honor of the famous, largest Australian rock band.

In addition to culture, Melbourne also offers a lot of fun for all tastes: from festivals, discos, pubs, gatherings in cultural associations, through famous locations located on the highest floors of skyscrapers.

A must see are the two cathedrals, Saint Patrick and Saint Paul, located in the city center (CBD-Central Business District).

Speaking of attractions, not to mention the Royal Botanic Gardens, an area of ​​unspoiled nature that is visited by more than 1.6 million tourists each year. The visit is made even more special by the fact that the guides are often found aboriginal. It is well known that these people have a deep and visceral connection with nature: it can be very interesting to hear their stories about the flora and fauna of these gardens. Also, for animal lovers, don't miss the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and the Melbourne Zoo.

The Queen Victoria Market, on the other hand, is the largest open-air market, spread over 7 hectares of land and is listed as the largest market in the southern hemisphere. Here you will find all kinds of items, from souvenirs to food to clothes and much more.

One of the most famous and evocative neighborhoods of Melbourne, thanks also to its beach is the one on the sea of ​​Saint Kilda, not far from the center. This is the ideal pit stop for those wishing to enjoy the fine sand, play beach volleyball or simply relax by watching the colorful kitesurfing comets as they cut the waves.

Along the promenade that runs along the beach, there are stalls and refreshment points. Not to forget that Melbourne, thanks to its multiculturalism, has a great offer in the catering sector, a common feature in all the major Australian cities: there is indeed something for all tastes, from the Asian restaurant to the European one, to the South American one.

The city is internationally known for being a reference point in regards to the sport. Surely the most famous competition taking place in the city every year is the Australian Open Tennis, the first of the four Grand Slams, which really draws towards the city a large number of fans of the sport. In addition, the Formula 1 World Championships and MotoGp are held here also another major sporting event of unquestionable reputation on the national level: Melbourne Cup. This is a race of purebred horses that sees the most popular of the moment compete. It is followed with great passion and interest by the whole country and it is said that this event is still in the city more felt than Christmas itself: it can be seen in the fact that it is an institutionalized holiday day and from the elegance and pomp that people wear at the event. They say that anyone lives in Melbourne for a time may not lose it, as they call it in the city, Race.

Almost all those people who want to travel along the Great Ocean Road begin their journey from Melbourne: this is the road that follows for 243 km the southern coasts of Australia that damage on the wild Antarctic Ocean. This road offers breathtaking landscapes in contact with the wild nature, sunbathing at beautiful beaches and surfing while riding on dreamy waves. You will be amazed admiring the Twelve Apostles, mammoth rock colossus formed around 20 million years ago, rising almost 50 meters above sea level. The advice is to go there at sunset: the sunset is said to be the perfect scenario.

Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to taste local products, including some fine wines!


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