Buon viaggio, mayor!
Bill de Blasio is set to visit his ancestral Italy on a nearly 10-day family trip later this month -- the longest vacation a New York City mayor has taken in recent memory.
Rome, Capri, Sant'Agata de' Goti, Naples, Grassano and Venice are all on the itinerary for the first family -- de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray, college student daughter Chiara de Blasio and high schooler son Dante de Blasio. The trip will run from July 18 to 27.
Several aides are set to join him, and he will have daily briefings with City Hall; his first deputy, Tony Shorris, will run the city in his stead.
De Blasio, fluent in Italian, plans to hold official events with the Italian government. In Grassano, he will pay homage to the town from which his maternal grandmother, Anna Briganti, emigrated to America in the early 20th century, as well as Sant'Agata de' Goti, the birthplace of his grandfather, Giovanni de Blasio.
The homecoming of sorts marks the first family trip since they visited Niagara Falls in 2012. He's been mayor for nearly 7 months.
"Bill and I have always wanted Chiara and Dante to know where they come from," McCray wrote on her blog. Both their children's first names have Italian roots.
De Blasio was born Warren Wilhelm Jr., but had a fraught relationship with his father, and later legally adopted his mother's maiden name.
De Blasio won't be in the city during the potential Long Island Rail Road strike, looming to begin July 20. His press office did not comment, but said in announcing the trip that in an emergency the mayor would cut short his trip and return to the city.
De Blasio's predecessor, billionaire Mike Bloomberg, would frequently take weekend trips but refuse to disclose his destination.