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Typical stairs  
   

Typical stairs

Because the valleys were steep, the "sidewalks" were a series of switchbacks. The rise was short compared to the run.
Matera di Sassi

October 13th 2016
Dianne had planned this trip meticulously and the last stop was Matera. I had limited knowledge of what went on there. I heard something about the sassi (plural of sasso) being a bunch of caves where people had lived even into the 1960s. But I wasn’t prepared for what we saw. I can’t begin to describe how this ancient town developed. In an article in The New Yorker in 2 ... read more
Europe » Italy » Basilicata » Matera

Italian Flag Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more
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Tot: 2.104s; Tpl: 0.028s; cc: 7; qc: 14; dbt: 0.0168s; 2; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.3mb