13. Florus Brief History 1.11.3-6

Campania's coastal area is the finest, not only in Italy but in the entire world. Nowhere is the climate gentler. Spring comes with its flowers twice a year there. Nowhere is the soil richer; Liber and Ceres try to outdo one another, as the saying goes. Nowhere is the sea more welcoming; here are the famous ports of Caieta, Misenum, Baiae with its warm springs, the Lucrine and Avernian lakes, long-ago lagoons. Here are vine-clad hills, Gaurus, Falernus, Massicus, and most beautiful of all, Vesuvius, Etna's rival. On that coast lie the cities of Formiae, Cumae, Puteoli, Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Capua itself, queen of cities, once counted among the greatest in the world.