Viva l'Italia! Family day

Sunday 13 April 2014, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Bookings not required
Library forecourt
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

A magnifico day of free activities dedicated to Italian culture at the Library, inspired by Italy's centuries'-old tradition of the family scampagnata (picnic). There'll be folk music, bocce, life drawing with Roman gods, tours in Italian of Rome: Piranesi's vision, Lego monuments to build, lots of food and lots of fun!


Activities are on all day, unless indicated otherwise. Note: Mr Tulk cafe will be open from 9.30am to 4pm.

Library Forecourt

The piazza

Relax on the Library’s forecourt and embrace the Eternal city – Library style! You’ll find fresh woodfired pizza and artisanal gelato for sale – squisito! Keep an eye out for our roving accordion player.

Bocce on the lawn

Bocce is one of the oldest games in the world; almost anyone can play! Join in the fun and learn from the masters – The Veneto Bocce Group.
All ages

Drawing the Gods

Celebrate the joy of art with life-drawing classes from the always-entertaining Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. Be inspired by our Roman muses. No experience required. This event will take place in Queen's Hall in the event of wet weather.
11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm; Adults and children, ages 10+

Keith Murdoch Gallery

Rome: Piranesis vision exhibition

Marvel at unforgettable images of classical and baroque Rome in this free exhibition of exquisite rare artworks from 18th-century Italian master-printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–78). This stunning exhibition highlights the grand churches, imposing palaces and monumental ruins of Rome.
Open til 5pm

Exhibition tours in English

Take a guided tour of our exhibition Rome: Piranesi’s vision. At the end of each tour, look out for our very own 18th-century aristocrat, the Marquis de Marigny, who'll give you his insights into life on The Grand Tour!
11.15 – 11.45am, 12–12.30pm, 1.45pm – 2.15pm

Exhibition tours in Italian

Take a lively tour of Rome: Piranesi’s vision, in Italian, with your host, community identity Laura Mecca. With a special appearance by the 18th-century aristocrat, the Marquis de Marigny.
1–1.30pm, 2.30–3pm, 3.30–4pm

For children – Experimedia

Mask making for ages 3+

Decorate your own mask, in the Venetian carnevale tradition!

Printmaking for ages 4–6

Make a bookmark, with beautiful designs inspired by the work of Piranesi.

Printmaking for ages 4–6

Make a bookmark, with beautiful designs inspired by the work of Piranesi.

Printmaking for ages 7+

An introduction to the centuries-old technique of printmaking (intaglio) as practiced by Piranesi. Use paint and crayons to create your own beautiful
work of art.

Presented with the support of nomit – The Italian Network of Melbourne

For children – Queen's Hall

Rome wasn't built in a day: building Lego monuments for all ages

Build like the great architects of the Roman Empire – with Lego! Can you recreate the Colosseum or the leaning tower of Pisa?

Queen's Hall

La voce della luna choir

Join in the singing with this famous Italian women’s choir as it performs popular and traditional Italian folk songs from the 16th to the 21st centuries. The women’s passionate performances will have you singing and dancing in no time!
11.30am–12pm, 12.30–1pm and 1.30–2pm

DJ Italia!

Dance the afternoon away to the cool sounds of classic ’50s and ’60s Italian music, with Melbourne’s coolest DJ, Fiona Scott-Norman, on the decks – bellissima!

Pizza acrobatics

Be amazed as master pizza makers show off their pizza dough-twirling skills.
1.10pm; 2pm, 2.40pm

Presented by 400 Gradi

Olive grove

Watch the world go by as you relax in our indoor picnic space.