The distinct Italian accent you'll find here is a remnant of the 2nd century B.C. Romans. Finding the climate and inland of what is now known as Provence so inviting, they stayed and Toulon didn't become part of France until the 15th century.
Stock up on French-country kitchen tools at Soulèo Provence, where beautiful clay bowls, plates, mugs, and serving dishes come in traditional yellows and greens. Specialty lines decorated with flowers and other delicate patterns are great easy-to-carry-home souvenirs.