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The Best TV Shows Set In Italy

Updated August 2, 2019 159 votes 20 voters 1.9k views34 items

List RulesVote up the best scripted television shows that take place in Italy.

Italy is a favorite setting for historical drama series, thanks to being the center of most of history's drama. English language, German, even Japanese and Brazillian series have found a way to set their stories in Italy, taking in the unique countryside and even more distinctive sense of style. If you've ever thought of visiting Italy or are curious about how the Beautiful Country is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in Italy and Rome can be your tour guide.

There are plenty of historical period series sent in Italy, with three shows centered around the titular and terrible Borgias and at least two about inventor Leonardo Da Vinci (the children's series Leonardo and the fantasy drama Da Vinci's Demons). The complicated factions of history extend to shows set in Vatican City and how readily Italy works as the setting for telenovelas and dramas such as Passione. Shows often set one season in Italy, giving both the crew and the audience a vacation. Hannibal and Master of None both spent a significant amount of time in Italy.

Which shows about Italy should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in Italy, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great Italian shows that are missing.

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    Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Da Vinci's Demons

    Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin

    Premiered2013

    Da Vinci's Demons is an historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictional account of... more
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    Inspector Rex is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Inspector Rex

    Tobias Moretti, Karl Markovics

    Premiered1994

    Kommissar Rex is a German-Austrian police procedural drama originally made in Austria and... more
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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Hannibal

    Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

    Premiered2013

    Hannibal (NBC, 2013) is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed... more
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    The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    The Borgias

    Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud

    Premiered2011

    The Borgias (Showtime, 2011) is a historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil... more
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    Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Sense8

    Aml Ameen, Doona Bae

    Premiered2015

    Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by... more
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    The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    The Borgias

    Adolfo Celi, Oliver Cotton

    Premiered1981

    The Borgias is a British television drama serial produced by the BBC in 1981, in association... more
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    Borgia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Borgia

    Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk

    Premiered2011

    Borgia is a French-German-Czech-Italian historical drama television series created by Tom... more
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    Donna Leon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Donna Leon

    Karl Fischer, Annett Renneberg

    Premiered2000

    Donna Leon is a German television series based on a series of crime novels set in Venice by... more
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    3000 Leagues in Search of Moth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    3000 Leagues in Search of Mother

    Masako Nozawa, Ichirō Nagai

    Premiered1976

    3000 Leagues in Search of Mother is a Japanese anime television series directed by Isao... more
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    Muchacha italiana viene a casa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Muchacha italiana viene a casarse

    Muchacha italiana viene a casarse is a 1971 Mexican telenovela by Televisa produced by Ernesto... more
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    Root Into Europe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Root Into Europe

    George Cole, Pat Heywood

    Premiered1992

    Root Into Europe is an ITV comedy-drama based on the character from William Donaldson's book... more
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    To Rome with Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    To Rome with Love

    John Forsythe, Brenda Benet

    Premiered1969

    To Rome with Love is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 28, 1969 to September... more
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    Rome is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Premiered2005

    Rome (HBO, 2005) is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by... more
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    Sin Vergüenza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Sin Vergüenza

    Gaby Espino, Ivonne Montero

    Premiered2007

    Sin Vergüenza is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by Telemundo and RTI Colombia. This... more
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    Apparitions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Apparitions

    Martin Shaw, Rick Warden

    Premiered2008

    Apparitions is a BBC drama about Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church,... more
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    Walang Hanggan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Walang Hanggan

    Valerie Concepcion, Oyo Boy Sotto

    Premiered2003

    Walang Hanggan is a Filipino drama series produced by TAPE, Inc. for GMA Network. The series... more
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    Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari

    Toshiko Fujita, Katsue Miwa

    Premiered1981

    Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari is an anime television series, based on the novel "Cuore, Libro... more
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    Ghostboat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
    Ghostboat is a 2006 British television film based on a novel by George E. Simpson and Neal R.... more
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    Athena: Goddess of War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Athena: Goddess of War

    Woo-sung Jung, Soo Ae

    Premiered2010

    Athena: Goddess of War is a South Korean espionage television drama series broadcast by SBS in... more
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    Sword of Freedom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Sword of Freedom

    Adrienne Corri, Martin Benson

    Premiered1958

    Sword of Freedom was a 1958 drama adventure series for a family audience. Like several of its... more
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    The Trip is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    The Trip

    Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

    Premiered2010

    The Trip is a 2010 British television sitcom series directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring... more
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    Moero! Top Striker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Moero! Top Striker

    Chieko Honda, Kazue Ikura

    Premiered1991

    Moero! Top Striker is a Japanse anime TV series production based on soccer, set in the world... more
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    Zen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Zen

    Rufus Sewell, Caterina Murino

    Premiered2011

    Zen is a British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the BBC, co-produced... more
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    Leonardo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Leonardo

    Jonathan Bailey, Colin Ryan

    Premiered2011

    Leonardo is a British children's television series broadcast on CBBC. The show is an adventure... more
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    Commissario Laurenti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
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    Commissario Laurenti

    Commissario Laurenti is a German television series, with five episodes broadcast 2006–2009,... more
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