1.16.3-6 (tr. E.S. Forster):
 The district of Campania is the fairest of all regions not only in Italy but in the whole world. Nothing can be softer than its climate: indeed it has spring and its flowers twice a year. Nowhere is the soil more fertile; for which reason it is said to have been an object of contention between Liber and Ceres.  Nowhere is the coast more hospitable, which contains the famous harbours of Caieta, Misenus, Baiae with its hot springs, and the Lucrine and Avernian Lakes where the sea seems to enjoy perpetual repose.  Here are the vine-clad mountains of Gaurus, Falernus and Massicus, and Vesuvius, the fairest of them all, which rivals the fires of Etna.  Towards the sea-coast lie the cities of Formiae, Cumae, Puteoli, Naples, Herculaneum and Pompeii, and Capua, queen among cities, formerly accounted among the three greatest in the world.
 omnium non modo Italiae, sed toto orbe terrarum pulcherrima
Campaniae plaga est. nihil mollius caelo: denique bis floribus vernat. nihil
uberius solo: ideo Liberi Cererisque certamen dicitur.  nihil hospitalius mari:
hic illi nobiles portus Caieta, Misenus, tepentes fontibus Baiae, Lucrinus et
Avernus, quaedam maris otia.  hic amicti vitibus montes Gaurus, Falernus,
Massicus et pulcherrimus omnium Vesuvius, Aetnaei ignis imitator.  urbes ad mare
Formiae, Cumae, Puteoli, Neapolis, Herculaneum, Pompei, et ipsa caput urbium
Capua, quondam inter tres maximas [Romam Carthaginemque] numerata.
6 Romam Carthaginemque del. Haupt