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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Stairway in Matera, Italy

Matera is a far southern Italian city that may have been inhabited as far back as 3 BCE. A canyon carved by the Gravina River left behind grottoes which were fashioned into homes, now uninhabited. The pathways meander precipitously into and out of then town.

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Date Taken: 09.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Matera, Italy
Copyright: © Gene Costanza