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From his windows, during the many years that he was renovating his home in Sorano, Chris Warren would often gaze at the lovely wooded bluffs at the opposite side of the intimate river valley.  In time he learned, and found it hard to imagine, that only 60 years before the countryside would have appeared very different.  Before the beginning of the Second World War there were thousands of inhabitants in Sorano, whereas by the time he came to the town there were only about 150 year-round residents.  In the past most families had a small plot of land where they would cultivate produce to sustain themselves throughout the year.  So,  his window would have looked onto a terraced landscape of gardens that was essentially unchanged since medieval times. Armed with a machete, he cut ways through the overgrown terraces, and uncovered two derelict plots with some large prehistoric caves, one of which was a habitation up through the early 1900s.  One of the plots had been abandoned over 100 years ago, after a landslide.  In the meantime it had become a jungle of brambles, cane reed and weed trees.  Six years later Warren has acquired more land, where he has made a vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and on the original plots has created a botanic garden mostly comprised of plants from the mediterranean scrubland.