CITY

The five fun facts you may not know about the city of Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in southeastern Australia and the second most populous city in Australia after Sydney. The city, which is part of a conurbation called Greater Melbourne, is the continent's true cultural capital.

Melbourne was the birthplace of Australian cinema (as well as the first feature film in film history), Australian television, Australian Impressionist art, and a long line of artistic currents from music to literature.

Filled with history and in the midst of rediscovering its Aboriginal past, there are many curiosities that Europeans and Americans may not know about this wonderful place.

Luca Reverberi
Five things you may not know about Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in southeastern Australia and the second most populous city in Australia after Sydney. The city, which is part of a conurbation called Greater Melbourne, is the continent's true cultural capital. Melbourne was the birthplace of Australian cinema (as well as the first feature film in the history of cinema), Australian television, Australian Impressionist art, and a long line of artistic currents, from music to literature.,Filled with history and in the midst of rediscovering its Aboriginal past, there are many curiosities that Europeans and Americans may not know about this wonderful place.
Luca Reverberi
James Cook's cottage
One of the city's main attractions is James Cook's Cottage. Captain Cook was a famous English navigator and cartographer, considered the first European to make contact and land on the Australian coast. What is special about this Cottage is that it was in fact built in England, in the village of Great Ayton, New Yorkshire, by Cook's parents. Later, in 1934, it was transported to Melbourne by Australian philanthropist Russell Grimwade. After buying it, the cottage was dismantled piece by piece and then moved to where it stands today, in Fitzroy Garden.
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Most livable city in the world
Melbourne was the second city in the world after Edinburgh to be named "Literary City" by UNESCO." In addition, it has been named the "world's most livable city" for seven consecutive years according to special rankings compiled by The Economist.
Luca Reverberi
Immigration in Melborune
After World War II, Melbourne was stormed by a very strong immigration. Italians, Greeks and Turks poured into the city to seek a new life. Particularly large and entrenched in the city is the Asian community, which has thousands of residents of Japanese descent and beyond. Many downtown businesses are also primarily Asian, such as restaurants and stores, followed by Italian and Greek restaurants. This makes Melbourne one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Luca Reverberi
AC/DC Lane
One of the most interesting beautiful streets in the city of Melbourne, as well as one of the most characteristic, is undoubtedly AC/DC Lane, an alley in the central business district. The street's name is a tribute to the famous Australian hard rock band AC/DC, which changed in 2004. A very narrow street filled with graffiti dedicated to the band, the most distinctive aspect is undoubtedly the image of Brian Johnson imprinted on the walls.
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The most watched sport in Victoria
Although Australia is one of the world's strongest nations in Rugby, it is not the most watched sport in every region. In the state of Victoria, in fact, rugby is almost totally absent, while Australian Football is widely followed. It is a sport that is played on a huge oval field, with 18 players per team. It is a mixture of rugby, American football and many other sports mixed together. Matches last more than three hours, and it is a common thing to go to the stadium and eat the classic meatpie, a meat pie that is very particular to Europeans.
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