Summary

I believe that John Evelyn is referring to Porto Hercule – the large port of Monaco – and not the ancient Italian city of the same name.

The port  is the only deep-water port in Monaco and has be en in use since ancient times.

“Monaco capo di san spirito und nizza” by Matthäus Merian. 1650. Source: Unknown.

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  • Background from Wikipedia