The region (ital. Campania) with the capital Naples is located in the southwest of Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast near the "boot instep". More to the south are only the regions of Puglia to the east, as well as Calabria and Sicily. It is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in Italy, the cultivation of wine here goes back to the Etruscans. Greek colonists probably founded colonies here and in neighbouring Calabria as early as 1,000 BC and called the area Oinotria (land of vines raised on stakes). Later, the Romans perfected viticulture here and called the area "Campania Felix" (happy land), because the wine thrives here due to the alluvial and volcanic soil and the abundant sunshine.