Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family kicked off an eight-day summer vacation on Sunday standing with Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino on a balcony overlooking the Roman Forum, the city’s birthplace.
The mayor, first lady Chirlane McCray and the couple’s children, Chiara, 19 years old, and Dante, 16, are scheduled to spend less than 48 hours in Rome before heading to Capri, once an island vacation hideaway of Roman emperors and now a favorite hangout for the glitterati.
But while in Rome, the family garnered plenty of attention.
Ms. McCray, when asked what she was excited about doing in Italy, spoke a line in Italian and then translated it to English. “I look forward to eating,” she said with a smile.
On the way to their hotel after landing at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, the mayor and his family stopped at Caffe Sant’Eustachio in the heart of the city. The mayor, according to press secretary Phil Walzak, “unwaveringly says this is the best coffee anywhere in the world.”
The family purchased wood-roasted ground coffee and granita al caffe, which is frozen coffee with whipped cream, Mr. Walzak said. The owner, Raimondo Ricci, took the family to a back room to show them how the coffee is produced, Mr. Walzak added.
Later, when the de Blasios emerged from a white Mercedes-Benz on Capitoline Hill, the center of Rome’s government for 2,500 years, a throng of journalists surrounded the family in hopes of getting a photo or capturing remarks.
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