Australia survived a second-half fightback to maintain their perfect record against Italy in Florence this afternoon, with a 22-19 victory.

The Wallabies had looked to be coasting after Nick Cummins' second try in as many weeks helped them into a 22-3 half-time lead.

But Robbie Deans' men ground to a half after the interval as the Azzurri sensed a first-ever win against their Southern Hemisphere rivals.

Robert Barbieri dived over for a converted try two minutes after the re-start before a pair of Luciano Orquera penalties drew them to within three points with 25 minutes remaining.

But, despite some torrid play from the Wallbies, they held on to grab back-to-back wins on their European tour after their Twickenham success over England last weekend.