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Don Matteo

Updated on December 10, 2014
Terence Hill as Don Matteo
Terence Hill as Don Matteo | Source

Simple Tales of Redemption and Humanity

From the first charming television episode in 2000, the easy-going Don Matteo has been ministering to his parish while fighting crime.

I always enjoy sitting back and watching an episode of Don Matteo. Why am I tuning in to a G rated TV series in Italian?

Firstly, I'm trying to learn Italian and the dialogue in the series isn't too demanding (plus there's always the sub-titles). Secondly, it's a real pleasure to see an older Terence Hill playing such an affable character. Finally, the location is stunning. The series is filmed in Gubbio, a lovely little town on the slopes of Mt. Ingino in Umbria. Just out of this world!

Don Matteo on his trusty Bicycle

Terence Hill plays Don Matteo

I first saw Terence Hill years ago in three memorable Spaghetti Westerns. Did you see them? They call me Trinity 1971, and Trinity is still my name, 1972. From then on, Terence Hill was always Trinity to me.

There were more movies, I believe, but those two were the ones that stayed in my memory.

It was a shock to see him in Don Matteo, speaking fluent Italian, until I discovered that Terence Hill was born Mario Girotti. I had no idea he was actually Italian!

The Streets of Gubbio

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The small town setting imparts a close knit community feeling as well as offering a scenic backdrop to the events.

Gubbio and the Countryside

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A Taste of Don Matteo

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Even if you don't understand what the characters are saying, the family-oriented entertainment is evident.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Never heard of this series. But I will have to track it down. Will phone my Italian friend today too see if she knows it

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      Ask_Me 4 years ago

      I watched some of these years ago. P.S. Buongiorno Don matteo

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      Agapantha 4 years ago

      Buongiorno Don Matteo!