The Camargo Foundation welcomes visitors on Fridays to discover its gardens, which overlook the Mediterranean Sea and offer breathtaking views of the Cap Canaille and the entrance to the port of Cassis.
Discover the heritage of the former estate of American philanthropist and filmmaker Jerome Hill, who acquired the site in 1939 and created a special landscape featuring various terraces and gathering spaces, surrounded by native growth, designed to inspire calm and creativity while framing views of the sea. Visitors will enjoy a one-hour guided tour and learn about the evolution of the property over the decades, including architectural projects and the making of an open Greek-style amphitheater. Guests will also learn about the activities of the Foundation, a place of residence for artists, scholars and thinkers, and its new collaborations among others with the surrounding Calanques National Park.
Located on an ancient karstic relief along the Mediterranean east coast of Marseille—mostly virgin ground when Hill first arrived, except for a small cabanon built by Napoleon—the property has been built up over time covering an area of about 6,000 square meters. The main seafront garden is naturally protected from mistral and spray by the imposing rocky mass of the Cap Canaille. Hill made an effort to work with the natural contours of the site and to preserve native growth, suited to the climate and location, such as old Aleppo pine trees, tall cypresses and oaks, palm tree, prickly pears, aromatic plants, Arizona blue cedar and tropical plants like the bird of paradise.
In 2018, the French Ministry of Culture designated the Camargo Foundation a "Maison des Illustres,” a historic landmark, joining other prestigious sites that highlights places with the goal of preserving and transmitting the memory of women and men who have contributed to the political, scientific, social, and cultural history of France. The designation supports the Camargo Foundation in its mission to promote the artistic and cultural heritage of its founder Jerome Hill.
- Free guided tours on Fridays (except on Public Holidays), at 11AM
- Visit in French (in English upon request, for a minimum of 4 people)
- Mandatory reservation, please fill out the booking form (at least 7 days in advance)
- 4 people minimum / 25 people maximum per visit
- Cancellation notice by the Foundation the day before in case of bad weather