My first skateboarding trip to Naples happened a long, long time ago now (2003) and was notable for a number of reasons: primarily because said visit to Napoli happened during a Clown trip that also saw Chris Oliver 5050 a never-before-skated handrail on the nearby Amalfi Coast, but also because I'd never encountered a city quite a contradictory as Naples prior to that visit.
The juxtaposition between incredible food, beautiful architecture and friendly people with the insane levels of traffic, pollution and outright poverty that we encountered left a lasting impression on me and remains to this day one of the most jarring experiences of European travel that I've ever had.
Fast forward a decade and Naples has become something of a hot-spot for skate tourism, presumably due in part to the semi-chaotic nature of this beautiful Italian city, which lends itself perfectly to the equally chaotic nature of skateboard excursions.
Chances of you getting kicked out of spots are fairly low, (even when wallriding on somebody's window), whereas the chances of you being pick-pocketed if you act dense and/or treading in dog shit are fairly high but hey-ho - rough with the smooth and all that.
Italian king of pop Ale Cesario - front blunt. Photo: Maxime Verret
Anyhow, the latest crew to hit Naples, (or 'Napoli' if we're trying to sound vaguely cosmopolitan) comes in the form of an assorted crew of European-based Levi's Skateboarding ambassadors.
As the video expresses - Naples is somewhere that everyone should visit and if you're not frothing at the mouth for a sun and marble-drenched mission there yourself after watching Manny Lopez, Edouard Depaz, Quentin Boillon, Ale Cesario, Val Bauer, Charlie Munro and Mikey Patrick explore what's on offer, then there's probably something wrong with you.
Oh yeah, and as cliched as it may sound, until you've eaten here you have categorically not had pizza. That dough-heavy shite smothered in ketchup that passes for pizza in the UK would get you lynched if you served it to the locals.
Watch, get stoked, book your tickets.
All photos: Maxime Verret
Charlie Munro - fakie flip. Photo: Maxime Verret
Mikey Patrick stand up grind transfer hundreds of miles from the nearest Pukka pie.
Photo: Maxime Verret