Italians may not be big breakfast eaters, but that doesn't mean they don't take breakfast seriously. Having a cappuccino or a caffè is essential for Italians in the morning. Without it, they just don't function. To get their caffeine fix in the morning and throughout the day for that matter, many Italians go to a neighborhood bar or a café. Along with their coffee, they'll order a delicious pastry called a cornetto (similar to a croissant - but don't ever call it one!) that typically vary from semplice (plain), integrale (whole wheat with honey inside), cioccolato (chocolate or nutella), crema (cream) and marmellata (jelly). Italians might also order a ciambella (doughnut), ciambellone (a slice of poundcake) or even a macedonia (fruit cup).
Unlike in America, most Italians drink their cappuccino at the bar or they may sit down briefly to enjoy it. Eating breakfast at the bar is an essential part of Italian culture. It's not just the place where you order your coffee and pastry to go. It's the place where, even after a few days of going there, the owners know your name and what you like to order. Let a few more weeks pass by, and they'll know all about your family. your political views and what soccer team you root for.
Head to one of the Rome's most historic coffee house Tazza d'Oro or opt for a vegetarian weekend brunch at Ketumbar. Baylon in Trastevere is a locals hangout or Bar Amore - as the name suggests, gives you a whole lot of love with your morning coffee. 10Best gives you the rundown of bars and cafés around Rome to have your Italian breakfast (and a few thrown in for that international or full American breakfast experience which Romans are starting to take a liking to!).