The Manly Corso was laid out in 1855 by Henry Gilbert Smith. He widened the well-trodden Aboriginal track which ran from the wharf to the ocean. It was aptly named ‘The Corso’ after the grand Via del Corso in Rome. As you can see, the facades of the buildings haven’t changed all that much over time and today it remains the focal point of Manly. Part-pedestrian mall lined with popular surf shops, pubs, cafes, galleries and street entertainment.