Just talked to a woman who recently traveled to Venice and Rome, and she complained that all Italian breakfasts consisted of cold cuts and bread. Now, I am not inclined to take her word as gospel, because I suspect that said breakfasts were eaten solely in her hotels, but what would one normally expect Italians to eat for the first meal of the day? I assume there are regional variations, of course.
This woman also told of her joy at finding a McDonald's while driving through Italy, and she advised me to pack lots of snacks such as Pringles if I should travel there so you can see how reliable her viewpoint is likely to be. Apparently she also demanded that one of the restaurants prepare French toast for her, which turned out to consist of two sandwiched slices of bread dipped in egg and cooked, with a resulting raw egg layer in the middle. Personally, I think she got what she deserved.