Mayor Mark Lauretti said he had \u201ca fantastic time\u201d on a trip to Italy in late August with his entire family. \u201cIt\u2019s important to identify with your place of origin,\u201d said Lauretti, who grew up in a household where both his parents spoke fluent Italian. Lauretti, his wife, and their four children spent time visiting with relatives near Naples. He has cousins who live in the area. He was presented with a plaque in Savignano Irpino, a village in the province of Avellino that is inland from Naples, where his family can trace its roots. Lauretti speaks somewhat fluent Italian himself due to his family background and because he played professional basketball in Italy when younger. He also took Italian classes for four years while attending college. Time along the coast The Lauretti family\u2019s trip also included time along the Amalfi coast, a popular tourist area known for its stunning coastal landscape. \u201cThe scenery is spectacular,\u201d the mayor said. \u201cThe ocean is like nothing you\u2019ve ever seen.\u201d He said it\u2019s amazing how communities were built along the coast, with the mountainous terrain. \u201cEverything is narrow \u2014 the roads, homes and businesses are small,\u201d he said.