The de Blasios Are Getting Out of Town

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MATERA, ITALY - JULY 24:  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.  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

It seems like just yesterday that we were watching young Dante de Blasio expertly steer a boat during the mayoral family’s heavily watched July 2014 trip to Italy. Alas, things are going to be quite different this summer. According to the New York Times, Bill, Chirlane, Dante, and Chiara are leaving for an eight-day vacation “throughout the Southwestern and Western United States” on Tuesday, and (almost) no one is coming with them.

This year, reporters are not invited. Aides said that Mr. de Blasio was intent on spending private time with family, especially as his youngest child, Dante, prepares to attend Yale in August,” the Times reports. “No aides were expected to travel with the de Blasios this week; his team said that the mayor would check in daily by telephone with his senior lieutenants.” They will be bringing a security detail just in case some desert-dwelling wacko decides to confront the mayor about how he eats his pizza.