Bill de Blasio, second from right, shares a laugh with Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, right, as he is accompanied by his family, from left; daughter Chiara, wife Chirlane McCray, and son Dante, as the look out from a balcony of Rome's Campidoglio, Capitol Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum and Colosseum. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
ROME— New York City's mayor Bill De Blasio has taken in the famous view from the Rome mayor's balcony overlooking the Roman Forum on the first day of his Italian family vacation.
De Blasio told reporters after meeting Mayor Ignazio Marino on Sunday that he "found a new brother," and recalled the strong ties between Rome and New York.
Earlier, the De Blasio family stopped by a cafe on Piazza Navona for a granita al caffe — an iced coffee drink popular on hot summer days.
De Blasio's much-discussed family holiday was delayed by a day so the mayor could wrap up some city business. He is planning to visit Venice, Naples and the villages where his grandparents grew up during the stay.
The city's tabloid newspaper front pages next week are easy to imagine: a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of Mayor Bill de Blasio sunning on an Italian beach. … Full Article