26 May2010


Our first breakfast in the yard of Oltre il Giardino was simply wonderful. Perfectly in sync with our accommodations, perfectly in tune with our expectations, and a perfect way to start a day of exploring and sightseeing. Nearby rose bushes were a riot of blooms, despite the very limited patches of earth to plant on. Other blooms like jasmine were also at their finest. The sun was out, the temperatures in the low 70’s and dry… it would rise to nearly 90F later in the day. Hotel breakfasts are our first fueling point, and considering we were in a hotel with just 6 rooms, we were very surprised by the buffet laid out for guests…


At each table, a platter of prosciutto, ham and two types of cheese was laid in the center. Eggs could be cooked to order if desired. There was a small but carefully selected buffet of other breakfast fare laid out in the living room.


You could start with slices of incredibly sweet melon and a few berries, perhaps a freshly baked croissant from a nearby bakery with butter and jam…


…tea or coffee, freshly squeezed oranage juice and proper plates and silverware made this elegant and yet unstuffy. The silver was old, and hallmarked, a detail that did not go unnoticed.


There were several types of pastries and pies and baked goods, fresh whole fruit or slices of melon or pineapple(?).


Balinese bamboo and net food covers were used on a side table to keep breads untouched by bugaboos (though we didn’t notice many bugaboos at all).


Cereals, dried fruit, muesli, yoghurt, etc. were laid out on another table. Rather than a hurried and noisy coffee shop atmosphere, we lulled about the patio and enjoyed several re-visits to the buffet, and in the right frame of mind, and with full stomachs, we plotted our day ahead… This breakfast was a another plus of Oltre il Giardino.



  1. bearhug0127 says:

    Thanks for sharing MM. Your photos as usual are great!! And everything looks good to eat!!!

    May 26, 2010 | 3:16 pm


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  3. tna says:

    Keep ’em coming MM. I feel like I am reading a novel and the story is unfolding bit by bit =)

    May 26, 2010 | 3:16 pm

  4. Virgie says:

    Thanks MM and family for letting me enjoy a dream European travel experience at your expense. Cheers!

    May 26, 2010 | 4:55 pm

  5. Bertie B says:

    Yes. Just the kind of Boutique hotel we always seek out when we are away. If I can find a good one like this I am so much happier than in the big 5* ones (assuming I can afford them!).

    We are planning a Venice trip shortly & I have made a note of Oltre il Giardino

    More power to your elbow


    May 26, 2010 | 6:19 pm

  6. millet says:

    you just added another entry to my must-go list, MM! when? must know soon ;-)

    May 26, 2010 | 8:10 pm

  7. natie says:

    so beautiful!! maybe Europe before retirement…

    May 26, 2010 | 8:23 pm

  8. ttabud says:

    MM, you had me at prosciutto.

    May 26, 2010 | 9:01 pm

  9. corrine says:

    Wonderful melons. The sweet melons you recommended some weeks before are gone but I was able to buy a few at that time. I really loved that kind of pear in the photo. Some hotels in Europe have a bowl full of fruits and guests are free to snack on them.

    May 26, 2010 | 9:33 pm

  10. alicia says:

    Love European breakfasts. I remembered a breakfast you shot in Greece a while back- Yum! So enjoy seeing these type of photos. Thanks for sharing!

    May 26, 2010 | 9:50 pm

  11. Eileen says:

    Lovely breakfast! This post made me hungry! Now, I’m dreaming of a European vacation…

    May 26, 2010 | 10:26 pm

  12. kim says:

    venice, one of my dream destinations ! kelan kaya kme makakapunta ? with the kids and all … probably when we retire : ) thanks for sharing once again : ) looking forward for the next posts …

    May 26, 2010 | 10:58 pm

  13. Jen Laceda says:

    first off, that rose garden in absolutely gorgeous! and that breakfast spread – out-of-this-world for Venice!

    May 26, 2010 | 11:27 pm

  14. sha says:

    Am so glad am back here in Europe again after 7 months in the US. I love Venice ok I did not stay in a hotel but I spent of my time walking around.

    I just posted a breakfast write up about one inn I stayed and a wonderful breakfast to boot.


    I think am heading to Spain next week, Valencia to be exact…

    May 27, 2010 | 5:32 am

  15. lea says:

    I am an avid fan of Market Manila site but started writing comments only this year :). Thank you very much for not only sharing tips about food but also about travel. Your post about Venice made me recall our own very short visit several years ago. I really enjoyed reading this post and I agree with the others that its like reading a novel wherein the chapters unfold everyday. Congratulations!

    May 27, 2010 | 9:03 am

  16. wil-b says:

    The buffet looks good. . . I love breakfast buffets. . .

    May 27, 2010 | 9:39 am

  17. Ley says:

    I love posts on your travels!

    May 27, 2010 | 9:57 am

  18. Blaise says:

    It’s like paradise :)

    May 27, 2010 | 12:07 pm

  19. millet says:

    am not a breakfast person at all, but i will definitely wake up early for this!

    May 27, 2010 | 6:45 pm

  20. sc says:

    my kind of breakfast! :) ahhh- the good life!

    May 27, 2010 | 8:40 pm

  21. KUMAGCOW says:

    I’m wondering about those Gondola rides… looking forward to some short stories like these ^_^

    May 28, 2010 | 4:03 am


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