Marseille is a dynamic, lively city with over 1500 years of history. Capital of Culture 2013, the Provençal city has embarked on a redevelopment project, especially of the port, which has brought more order to neighborhoods that had been abandoned for decades. A visit to the city should start from the forecourt of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de La Garde, which overlooks Marseille and offers a splendid panorama of the city and the Mediterranean. The Old Port is the synthesis of the spirit of the city, fish markets, restaurants, cafés, creating an authentic landscape. Behind Marseille's City Hall, you enter the heart of Marseille's historic center, which is largely identified with the Le Panier district, a fascinating mix of Naples, Barcelona, and other world cultures.