Goethe defined the Phlegrean Fields as „the most marvellous region of the world“. Here, where the oldest colony of the „Magna Grecia“ was founded, the Roman emporers spent their holidays; poets, writes and travellers alike sang of the grandeur of this region. Situated between past and present, in Italy`s „Land of Fires“ (northwest of Naples), the Phlegrean Fields form one of the most vulcanically active places in the world. Stretched out towards the future this zone is held back by the present through environmental exploitation. A reportage made on assignment for National Geographic Italy.