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From Lecce to Riga

A trip across Europe to become who you are

From the bottom of Italy to the heart of Latvia, the story of Davide Leopizzi (you can follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr) is a story of passion and dedication. It takes a nutcase to travel from bottom to top of Europe on a Vespa, but when it’s about unconventional trips, you can be sure Davide is at the forefront.

Born in Parabita (Salento) 29 years ago, he has always loved Art and Geography and he has spent his whole life trying to match together these two fields. His passion for drawing started when he was just 5 and used to draw on everything he found around him. 15 years later, thanks to an internship in Lille, he also discovered a big fascination for foreign cultures, starting a long series of travels across the whole Europe

In 2009 Davide is in Latvia to attend the Fine Arts Academy of Riga. That’s when the idea of Hyperbòrea starts to crystalize: a travel from Apulia to Riga across an ideal line that links together his roots with his present.

The name of the project comes from the ancient Greek myth of Hyperbòrea, which tells of a perfect land beyond the northern wind where the sun shines 24 hours per day, 6 months a year. For him, this means that the mission won’t be complete until he will reach the furthest and northernmost land in Europe: Cape Noth. 

The itinerary is set: starting from Italy, he will visit Austria, Bavaria, Saxony, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, until getting to Cape North. Then Lapland, Finland and Baltic Republics, to end in his beloved Riga. 

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The vehicle chosen for the mission is a 1982 Vespa PX125. The trip will last 3 months, starting from the 17th of April 2015, and it won’t include a GPS: Davide will learn to orient himself only with the position of the sun. And to add even more romance to this philosophic adventure, he will choose to travel only on county roads, avoiding the highways and the main roads, to enjoy the landscape at its best and to collect materials for his artistic works.

Davide has faced the fog, the cold, the rain and the snow, but none of these things managed to stop him

When he finally arrived in Riga, he couldn’t miss the chance to drive past the house where he used to live. And staring at the window from where, 6 years before, he started to imagine his trip, he thought back at the youngest version of him, finally feeling that his dream had become real, and his project has come full circle