Built on Marseille’s highest point, the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde towers above the city. The lavish, domed 19th-century Romano-Byzantine basilica offers a 360˚ view of the terracotta-topped roofs below.
Tourists can take a piece of terracotta home, though not from the Marseillais’ rooftops. Santons, hand-painted nativity figurines, are one of Provence’s most endearing Christmas traditions, and were first crafted in Marseille by artisan Jean-Louis Lagnel. The Musée du Santon houses a private collection of 18th- and 19th-century santons, with a boutique where visitors can purchase their own.