Bread has a bad name in America. It is fattening and for the most part has no taste. We became the white bread generation. Soft bread with no real crust or taste. Rye and wheats are not any better. Then you go to Italy (or most of Europe) and you get real bread. It is soft inside but crusty outside. It is always fresh baked. This is the real thing. No preservatives, no Monsanto wheat (at least not yet) and a taste to die for.
Bread in Italy is broken by hand never by a knife. You break a small piece by hand and eat it. You begin to wonder where has this delicious morsel been all your life. Italians eat it plain or in a little olive oil or as a spoon to pick up the left over gravy. In America, we load it with butter because it has no taste. When you try it in Italy try a piece without butter or oil. This is how you taste the bread. It is wonderful.
You can find this wonderful food everywhere. Restaurants serve it, local supermarkets and small stores sell it. Delis have it as well. It is not hard to find and it is cheap. Enjoy it on your vacation. It will cause you to think of Italy each time you remember the bread.
There is usually a charge for bread even though it is brought out to your table. The charge is not much and worth it. This charge is called a Coperta (blanket or cover charge) on your bill.