American Photographer Releases Intimate Examination of Tuscan Hilltown

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Christopher H. Warren delivers raw look at life in Italy through photographs, interviews, memories

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An American expatriate and photographer has released his debut examination of the small, Italian hilltown of Sorano, located in the Tuscan region, which delves into the intimate memories and moments shared by the isolated area’s residents, the town’s rich and complex background and the writer’s 30 years spent making a home there.

In “All the Noise of It: Living in a Tuscan Hilltown,” author Christopher H. Warren delivers an honest look at Tuscan life through colorful photographs of Sorano’s abandoned areas and black and white portraits of some of its oldest inhabitants. Inspired by the work of Giacomo Leopardi, Warren uses the writer’s thoughts and poems to inform many of his observations about life in Italy.

“About a century ago, the town where I live in Tuscany is speculated to have had thousands of residents – as many as 4,000,” Warren said. “Nowadays, Sorano is essentially abandoned and has about 50 year-round residents. With ‘All the Noise of It,’ my aim was to try and bring the empty streets back to life by giving a voice to the memories and recollections of the town’s eldest citizens.”

Through his book, Warren highlights the profound impact living in Sorano has had on him – from learning the art of Italian cooking to winemaking, gardening, restoring a period home and sculpting ceramics. A thoughtful, anthropological documentation of the region’s history and culture, “All the Noise of It” intertwines reminiscences from the town’s small population with Warren’s own first-hand experience becoming a true member of the community.

“All the Noise of It: Living in a Tuscan Hilltown”
By Christopher H. Warren
ISBN: 978-1-4834-7572-1 (hardback); 978-1-4834-7570-7 (paperback); 978-1-4834-7571-4 (electronic)
Available through the author’s website, Lulu Online Bookstore and Amazon

About the author
Christopher H. Warren is an American photographer and has lived in the Tuscan hilltown of Sorano for more than three decades. Warren has an academic background in anthropology and is passionate about Italian cooking, ceramic sculpting, winemaking and gardening. In his spare time, he runs a bed and breakfast out of his home and enjoys educating guests about Sorano’s storied past. To learn more, please visit

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