Risorsa Mare, which literally translates to Sea or Ocean Resources is a documentary film by Franz Cerami and produced by Monumedia for the Department of Ocean/Maritime Resources, Assessorato alla Risorsa Mare and the Agency for the Promotion of Ocean/Maritime Resources, Agenzia di promozione della Risorsa Mare of the Province of Naples.
It was first released on Youtube by Franz Cerami in November 2010 and to date has has yielded a whopping 100 views. It was re-released by AmericasCupNapoli on February 26, 2012 and as of today it had only 34 views so far.
Beautifully written and filmed, Risorsa Mare paints a stunning portrait of the immense wealth of natural, economic, and cultural resources around the Bay of Naples. Facts and figures about the bay, its ports and its islands that until now, have probably escaped most people’s attention, including my own.
Regardless of text that flies a bit too fast to read even if Italian is your native language, I found this documentary film so enlightening that I thought it would be worthwhile to put it into English.
by Franz Cerami
The Bay of Naples is a painting by Andy Warhol
a 19th Century Neapolitan watercolor,
the inspiration for Goethe,
Return to Sorrento by Caruso,
Sophia Loren in Pane, Amore e Fantasia (Scandal in Sorrento),
and L’isola di Arturo della Morante (Arturo’s Island).
The Bay of Naples is an immense center of productivity where small, medium and large businesses work around the sea’s resources.
Thousands of professionals working every year, directly or indirectly, around the Bay’s resources.
Millions of people every year are attracted by the resources of the Bay of Naples.
Additionally, there are 29 ports and harbors situated along the coast of the Province of Naples.
The Port of Naples
The Port of Naples, in the mind of the entire world, has been pictured as an enchanted place populated by sirens, saints, pirates, Spanish fleets, the French, overseas sailing ships, emigrant ships, cargo ships, cruise ships, and netted fishing boats.
Today, the Neapolitan Port System includes over 350 government managed entities in the maritime transport sector, shipbuilding and port services.
Additionally, over 10,000 units operate directly.
In terms of aggregate sales, it is the number one production activity of the Province of Naples.
It is the principal hub for millions of travelers every year passing through the city to locations around the Bay of Naples, Salerno and the Pontine Islands.
It is an undisputed leader in the cruise industry.
Serving 10 million passengers a year, the Port of Naples ranks second only to HONG KONG.
The recreational shipbuilding industry constitutes one of the most dynamic sectors of production: some 334 shipyards with 3000 permanent employees.
In 2009 the Port of Naples handled more than 515,868 containers equaling some 19,419,192 tons of goods.
The Sorrentine Peninsula
Over time, the Sorrentine Peninsula has maintained the characteristic features of its landscape, and has developed a pleasing culture of hospitality accompanied by an old world gentility.
Between the sun and the shade expanses of olive and citrus groves descend slowly towards the sea.
On December 12, 1997, the Minister of the Environment instituted the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella which has as it’s top priority the conservation of the marine environment and the preservation of its biodiversity.
In 2009 alone, some 2 million Italian and foreign tourists visited Sorrento.
Massa Lubrense and its beaches of Marina del Cantone a Nerano, the Bays of Ieranto, Marina della Lobra are places of unique beauty whose horizon is characterized by the Island of Capri and by the three islets of Galli, Isca, Vetara and the rock of Vervece.
Facing the Bay of Naples, Capri is just 3 miles from Punta Campanella.
Porto Marina is used for recreational boats and can accommodate 310 boats up to 65 meters in length.
Along the coast of the Island are Cala Ventrosa, Cala della Grotta Bianca and Cala del Rio, coves that are ideal for mooring.
A destination for travelers from all over the worked, Capri has been, at various times, home to among others, Lenin, Tolstoi, the Baron Von Gloeden, Norman Douglas, Filipo Tommaso Marinetti, Grace Fields, who have helped to create and maintain the myth of Capri and make it a major tourist attraction.
Enriched with natural beauty like the Blue Grotta, the Faraglioni, at the same time it has a rich history of events from which remain traces of ancient dwellings, among others, of the Emperor Tiberius, the writer Axel Munthe and the Baron Fersen.
Chic and cosmopolitan, with over 400,000 visitors annually, Capri is a symbol of international tourism.
The island of Ischia offers boaters countless opportunities to dock: There are 5 equipped ports of which 3 are along the northeast coast of the island, 1 along the west coast and 1 along the south coast.
Ischia, the seat of the International Exchange on Thermal Spas, has maintained its supremacy as a thermal spa tourist destination.
The island of Ischia has a rich hydrothermal heritage consisting of 69 fumarole fields, 29 groups of thermal springs scattered over an island territory of some 42 square kilometers.
The thermal springs of Ischia include hot mineral, very hot mineral, thermal mineral and hyper-thermal mineral.
Thermal parks representing this authentic piece of paradise like Poseidon, Negombo, Castiglione, ‘O Vagnitiello, Aprhodite Apollon, Tropical, and Eden attract tourists from all over the world.
Procida’s position in the Bay of Naples makes it an ideal alternative to Ischia and Capri.
The island of Arturo still retains traces of it’s farming and fishing cultures, along with a tranquility and slow paced life that is indispensable for those wanting to enjoy the island’s full range of natural beauty, history and gastronomy.
The tourist port, Marina di Procida has 491 boat berths. The Port of Procida is animated by an ancient economy based on fishing: 18 vessels of which 13 are netted vessels, 5 wooden fishing boats and 300 operators fishing for blue fish, shrimp and squid.
The Campi Flegrei is a large area of volcanic origin located northwest of the city of Naples.
There are 24 volcanic craters present in the zone. Known since antiquity, there are still numerous gushing thermal hot springs.
Terme di Agnano, Terme Puteolane, Terme di Lucrino, Stufe di Nerone, and the Lido Nerone are ancient and world renowned places of well being.
The Flavian Amphitheater, the Underwater park of Baia, Ninfeo di Punta Epitaffio, the Grotta della Sibilla Cumana, Piscina Mirabilis, the Cuma Archeological park are just some of the many monuments scattered around the area that make it a great open-air museum.
The largest town in the Phlegrean Fields, Pozzuoli is located in the gulf between Posillipo and Miseno.
The fish market of Pozzuoli is located within the port and covers an area of 14,000 square meters; 100 full time, permanent operators selling 2,000 tons of fish every year, yielding some 30 million euros.
Today I gave myself over to the crazy joy, dedicating all of my time to these incomparable beauties. One may say, write or paint what they want, but they are beyond all description. The beach, the bay, the sea’s inlets, Vesuvius, the city, the suburbs, the castles, the villas…. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe