Entertainment The Best TV Shows Set In Italy  

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List Rules Vote 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 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
Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin, Eros Vlahos
Da Vinci's Demons is an historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. The series was conceived by David S. Goyer and stars Tom Riley in the ...more
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Inspector Rex is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Tobias Moretti, Karl Markovics, Gedeon Burkhard
Kommissar Rex is a German-Austrian police procedural drama originally made in Austria and aired from 1994 to 2004. In 2008 the series was revived under Austrian-Italian production, and has since ...more
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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger
The Borgias is an historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013. The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and ...more
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas
Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more
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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton
Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more
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Leonardo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Jonathan Bailey, Colin Ryan, Flora Spencer-Longhurst
Leonardo is a British children's television series broadcast on CBBC. The show is an adventure programme featuring a teenage Leonardo da Vinci starring Jonathan Bailey. The series is set in ...more
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You, Me and the Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Kyle Soller, Mathew Baynton, Joel Fry
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Still Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Lashana Lynch, Sterling Sulieman, Wade Briggs
Still Star-Crossed (ABC, 2017) is a period drama television series produced by Shonda Rhimes' ShondaLand, based on the book with same name by Melinda Taub. Still Star-Crossed is sequel for ...more
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Borgia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes
Borgia is a French-German-Czech-Italian historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal ...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
Muchacha italiana viene a casarse
Muchacha italiana viene a casarse is a 1971 Mexican telenovela by Televisa produced by Ernesto Alonso and directed by Alfredo Saldaña, starring Angélica María and Ricardo ...more
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3000 Leagues in Search of Moth... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Masako Nozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kei Tomiyama
3000 Leagues in Search of Mother is a Japanese anime television series directed by Isao Takahata and aired in 1976. It is loosely based on a small part of the novel Heart by Edmondo De Amicis, ...more
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Donna Leon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Donna Leon Karl Fischer, Annett Renneberg
Donna Leon is a German television series based on a series of crime novels set in Venice by Donna Leon. It has been produced since 2000 by the ARD in Germany. This TV series is also shown in ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim
Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more
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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Adolfo Celi, Oliver Cotton
The Borgias is a British television drama serial produced by the BBC in 1981, in association with the Second Network of the Italian RAI. A historical series, The Borgias was set in Italy during ...more
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Sin Vergüenza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Gaby Espino, Ivonne Montero
Sin Vergüenza is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by Telemundo and RTI Colombia. This limited-run series about four beautiful, yet very different women, resembles a Latin version of ...more
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Athena: Goddess of War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Woo-sung Jung, Soo Ae, Seung-won Cha
Athena: Goddess of War is a South Korean espionage television drama series broadcast by SBS in 2010 and a spin-off of 2009's Iris. Budgeted at ₩20 billion like its predecessor, the two series ...more
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Root Into Europe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Root Into Europe George Cole, Pat Heywood
Root Into Europe is an ITV comedy-drama based on the character from William Donaldson's book The Henry Root Letters. Five episodes Written by Donaldson and Mark Chapman and produced by Aspect ...more
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Apparitions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Martin Shaw, Rick Warden, Siobhan Finneran
Apparitions is a BBC drama about Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, played by Martin Shaw, who examines evidence of miracles to be used in canonisation but also performs ...more
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Where Is My Friend's Home is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Guillaume Patry, Alberto Mondi, Mark Tetto
Where Is My Friend's Home (JTBC, 2015), also known as The Homecoming, is a South Korean television show. Cast members of Non-Summit visit their home countries and their friends.
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Zen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Rufus Sewell, Caterina Murino, Stanley Townsend
Zen is a British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the BBC, co-produced with WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series, Mediaset and ZDF. It stars Rufus Sewell and ...more
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Moero! Top Striker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Moero! Top Striker Chieko Honda, Kazue Ikura
Moero! Top Striker is a Japanse anime TV series production based on soccer, set in the world of Italian youth football. Known in Italy as A tutto goal, despite the setting, it was not very ...more
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The Trip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson
The Trip is a 2010 British television sitcom series directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves on a restaurant tour of ...more
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Walang Hanggan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Valerie Concepcion, Oyo Boy Sotto
Walang Hanggan is a Filipino drama series produced by TAPE, Inc. for GMA Network. The series featured Valerie Concepcion and Oyo Sotto as the lead characters. it was written by RJ Nuevas and ...more
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Sword of Freedom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Adrienne Corri, Martin Benson
Sword of Freedom was a 1958 drama adventure series for a family audience. Like several of its predecessors, it was produced by Sapphire Films for ITC Entertainment and fitted into the same ...more
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Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In Italy
Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari Toshiko Fujita, Katsue Miwa
Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari is an anime television series, based on the novel "Cuore, Libro per i Ragazzi" by Edmondo de Amicis. It first aired from 3 April to 2 October 1981.