Reproduced with permission of Co.As.It. – Italian Historical Society
Our Story

Carlton Travel

Carlton Travel Service (CTS) is now part of Co.As.It.
It was established in the fifties with the aim of offering to the Italian community and those who have a passion for all things Italian, a travel department.

The agency was operated by Gianni (John) and Filippo (Philip) Gangitano. The two brothers migrated from Valguarnera in Sicily in 1949 with their mother to join their father Alfonso Gangitano who had migrated to Melbourne twenty years before. The business also incorporated John Gange Pty Ltd, Real Estate Agents. John Gangitano helped to establish two Italian language newspapers Lygonista Italiana and Rivista Italiana. He was also politically active as founder and president of A.L.I. (Associazione Liberale Italiana or Italian Liberal Association).

After many years the agency’s main goal hasn't changed. We still love organising unique travel experiences for individuals and groups as well as educational tours for students. We take them to Italy and Europe as well as Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Thanks to a well-established network of experienced and professional local correspondents, we are able to deliver tailor made travel experiences that suit your interests, desires and needs.

In 2011, Mariella De Paolis joined Carlton Travel. With many years of overseas experience in the travel industry, Mariella knows how to tune in with her clients, when organizing group and individual travel itineraries.

Mariella’s fundamental belief is to get to know the clients so that the best travel arrangements can be put in place with a personal touch: “My priority is the satisfaction of the client”

Uniting People

We’re all connected by a love for travel


Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Travelling is my greatest passion, I love to connect with people from different cultures and love helping my clients live their best travel experience. My goal is to share my international travel experience and enthusiasm to create beautiful memories together.


Barbara ZorodduTravel & Media Consultant


The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine

I am a passionate travel professional with more than 15 years experience.

There is nothing better than help people make their dream travel come true


Mariella De PaolisCarlton Travel Manager
Phone: +61 (0) 3 93499031 - 017
189 Faraday Street
Carlton 3053 – Victoria – Australia