Little Italy, Melbourne
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Little Italy, Melbourne in Victoria, Australia (also sometimes referred to as the "Italian Precinct" or simply "Lygon Street"), is a "Little Italy" cultural precinct centered around Lygon Street in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Carlton.
According to the 2006 Australian census, Victoria has the largest Italian-Australian population in Australia (around 200,000 state-wide), with much of its inner-Melbourne population recorded in the suburbs of Carlton and nearby Brunswick.
The precinct's renowned Italian restaurant district occupies a number of blocks between Victoria Street in the South, along Lygon Street, to Elgin Street in the North. Restaurants can also be found along the streets intersecting Lygon Street, towards the Carlton Gardens in the East and the University of Melbourne in the West. The Lygon Street Festa is an annual celebration of Italian culture and cuisine which held in the district in November.
Towards the centre of the district, on the corner of Lygon Street and Argyle Place, there is a small Italian-inspired piazza named Piazza Italia - a joint-redevelopment by Melbourne and its sister city, Milan, in Italy.
During the annual Australian Grand Prix, the restaurant district is bathed in red and yellow banners in support of the Ferrari Formula One racing team and, in 1982 and 2006, it was also a major site of Australian celebrations when Italy's national football team won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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