The Best Moments From the de Blasios’ Dreamy Trip to Italy

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As the world continues to crumble and the week winds down, so does Bill de Blasio's break from it all, an eight-day trip across his ancestral homeland. But the mayor, his wife Chirlane, daughter Chiara, and teenage son Dante made the most of their visit to Italy, having spent the week waving from balconies in Rome (and pretty much anywhere else there was a balcony), boating off the coast, devouring pizza (by questionable means) in Naples, and soaking up the adoration of thousands who really, really love that final vowel in their last name.

Thanks to the hordes of reporters and photographers following their every move, it felt like we were with New York City's first family pretty much the whole time. The least we could do was make them a vacation photo album.

Packing

While we would not object to a Dante version of Home Alone, he made it safely into the SUV with the suitcases. Because de Blasio is the people's mayor, there was no Gucci luggage allowed. Good-bye, Brooklyn, with its white flags of surrender. Buongiorno, bella gente d'Italia.

Peace out, Park Slope. Photo: Paul Martinka / Splash News/

Arrival

The Italians must have been expecting Michael Bloomberg or something, because they were shocked — shocked! — to find that the mayor carried his own bags off the plane: "De Blasio sbarca a Romae si porta i bagagli da solo," read the Corriere TV headline, which sounds dramatic. The press was waiting, and de Blasio's Italian was actually pretty good for someone named Warren Wilhelm:

Mayor Dad had on khakis, naturally, but style icon Chiara showed up in a customized basketball jersey from an Italian team, with her hair in a new 'do "that featured multiple mini-buns, reminiscent of the Icelandic singer Bjork," the Daily News reported. Asked about it, Chiara, like a paparazzi pro, laughed and said, "No comment."

epa04323797 New York mayor Bill de Blasio (2-L), accompagnied by his wife Chirlane (3-R) and his children Dante (3-L) and Chiara (C), arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, Italy, 20 July 2014. Blasio and his family are on a 9-day trip to Italy. The mayor and his family are scheduled to visit Grassano, the town where Blasio's maternal grandmother, Anna Briganti, lived before she immigrated to the US in the early 1900s, as well as Sant'Agata dei Goti, where the mayor's grandfather, Giovanni de Blasio, was born. EPA/TELENEWS Photo: EPA/Telenews

Diplomacy

While in Rome, Mayor de Blasio met with the Italy's first black national official, Cécile Kyenge, who gave him a "mirror-image feeling," according to the New York Times. (Reporter Michael Grynbaum was forced to trail the mayor around Italy for the entire week, which must have been really tough. He somehow managed.)

Kyenge, who has mixed-race children and has faced disgusting amounts of racism in the still-bigoted country, said, "If you take away the words we exchanged, if you just look at our two families, it shows how the world has changed." De Blasio towering over everyone does not change overseas.

Chirlane McCray, Mayor de Blasio, and Kyenge. Photo: Massimo Percossi/ANSA/Corbis

De Blasio also met with Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino, "one of the great mayors of the world," de Blasio said, selling Rob Ford short.

The Pope was too busy to start plotting a Marxist world takeover this week.

Not Diplomacy

Dante zooming around shirtless on a boat. Killing it.

The father-son time was very special:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and son Dante de Blasio visit the house his grandmother was born in during a visit to Mayor de Blasio's grandmother's town on July 24, 2014 in Matera, Italy. Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

Family Business

In what the Times called the "emotional peak of the mayor's Italian itinerary," the de Blasios were welcomed to the small town of Sant'Agata de'Goti, where the mayor's grandfather was raised more than a century ago. A "Welcome home, Bill" ceremony awarding him honorary citizenship was attended by 4,500 people with an intense interest in local New York politics.

There was similar adoration in his grandmother's native town, where everyone is apparently a grandmother:

There were many official ceremonies:

De Blasio receives honorary citizenship from the mayor of Sant'Agata Carmine Valentino during a conference as he visits the town where his grandfather, Giovanni de Blasio, was born. Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

Really, a lot of ceremonies:

Basilicata Region president Marcello Pittella, Grassano Mayor Francesco Sanseverino and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio attend a welcome ceremony presenting de Blasio with honorary citizenship during a visit to his grandmother's town on July 24, 2014 in Matera, Italy. Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

And the serious faces that come with them:

Bill de Blasio receives the honorary citizenship of Sant'Agata dei Goti, Italy. Photo: M. Brown / Splash News

... even more pledging:

De Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Chiara de Blasio and Dante de Blasio stand for the national anthem at a welcome ceremony during a visit to Mayor de Blasio's grandmother's town on July 24, 2014 in Matera, Italy. The New York City mayor and his family are on an eight-day holiday in Italy but de Blasio has plans to meet with Italy's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, and with Pietro Parolin, the Holy Sees secretary of state. (Photo by Giovanni Marino/Getty Images) Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

Plus gifts:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Chiara de Blasio and Dante de Blasio receive gifts during a visit to Mayor de Blasio's grandmother's town on July 24, 2014 in Matera, Italy. Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

The Pizza

Oh, the custom pizza, which did not look very delicious:

SANT'AGATA DE' GOTI, ITALY - JULY 23: New York City mayor Bill De Blasio and his family holds a pizza with hi name on it as he visits the town his grandfather Giovanni de Blasio was born on July 23, 2014 in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy. The New York City mayor and his family are on a eight-day holiday in Italy but de Blasio plans to meet with Italys foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, and with Pietro Parolin, the Holy Sees secretary of state. (Photo by Giovanni Marino/Getty Images) Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

The personal pizza, which does:

The mayor of New York city mayor Bill de Blasio laughs while talking to a waiter at a pizzeria in Naples, southern Italy, on July 23, 2014. De Blasio is currently holidaying with his family in Italy. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images

And the dreaded pizza fork:

Naples, July 23, 2014: Bill De Blasio in Naples eating a pizza on the waterfront. Photo: Fotonews/Splash News/Corbis

But when in Naples, you can do it both ways:

23 Jul 2014, Naples, Italy --- New York mayor Bill de Blasio (L) eats a pizza made by Napoli's pizza chef Gino Sorbillo (II from L) in Naples, Italy 23, July 2014. ANSA/COURTESY OF PIETRO AVALLONE --- Image by © COURTESY OF PIETRO AVALLONE/ANSA/Corbis Photo: Courtesy of Pietro Avallone/ANSA/Corbis

The Semi-Glamorous Part

In Capri, even Cameron Diaz, Lea Michele, and Lindsay Lohan, "just three of the celebrities spotted on this exclusive island in the past few days," could not outshine the de Blasios, who opted, of course, for public transportation.

The mayor even went way casual. In sandals:

In New York, de Blasio was questioned over the length of the trip  — should he really be away so long? But in Italy, they were skeptical, too: "De Blasio Does Rome in a New York Minute," read a headline in La Repubblica. ''For us, it's quite a strange thing to discuss about this subject," said the paper's editor, "because for us, nine days' vacation is not such a long time." For us, at least, it really flew by.

SANT'AGATA DE' GOTI, ITALY - JULY 23: New York City mayor Bill De Blasio and his family with the mayor of Sant'Agata Carmine Valentino greet citizen at the balcony of Sant'Agata's city hall during the visits his grandfather's town on July 23, 2014 in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy. The New York City mayor and his family are on a eight-day holiday in Italy but de Blasio plans to meet with Italys foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, and with Pietro Parolin, the Holy Sees secretary of state. (Photo by Giovanni Marino/Getty Images) Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images