Don Matteo

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Don Matteo
From left to right: Don Matteo (Terence Hill) and Antonio Cecchini (Nino Frassica)
GenreComedy, Crime, Mystery
Created byEnrico Oldoini
Country of originItaly
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes265 (list of episodes)
Production locationsGubbio (1−8)
Spoleto (9−13)
Running time60−120 minutes (per episode)
Production companyLux Vide for Rai Fiction
Original networkRai 1
Original release7 January 2000 (2000-01-07) –

Don Matteo (English: Father Matthew) is an Italian television series that has been airing on Rai 1, Italian national television's first channel, since 2000.


The protagonist of the series is Father Matteo (portrayed by Terence Hill), a Catholic priest in a parish of the town of Gubbio, Perugia. He is also known for his unrivalled talent in investigating local crime stories. Father Matteo is a wise and respected person who really manages to understand people's problems, and always appears to be willing to help. Thanks to his charm and positivity, he often helps criminals on their way to redemption and he always convinces them to confess their crimes and to accept their responsibilities.

Comedian Nino Frassica portrays Marshal Antonio Cecchini, a middle-aged Carabiniere who also happens to be Matteo's best friend. Cecchini is one of the main co-protagonists and often provides humour and comic relief in the series. Other notable cast members include Flavio Insinna, who portrayed Captain Flavio Anceschi from 2000 to 2006, Milena Miconi, who played Laura, the mayor of Gubbio as well as Anceschi's love interest and Simone Montedoro who has been playing the role of Captain Giulio Tommasi, successor to Anceschi, since the sixth season.

From season 8, Don Matteo is filmed in HDTV 1080i.

The series has also a Polish version titled "Ojciec Mateusz" produced by TVP and a Russian version titled "Otec Matvej" (tr.: Отец Матвей).[1][2]


The series is syndicated in the United States by MHz Networks.[3]


The plot primarily revolves around the titular Matteo, a Catholic priest with an impressive insight in human nature, aiding the Carabinieri, the national as opposed to local police force personnel in solving crimes (usually murder cases). In this he usually finds support in marshal Antonio Cecchini, a warrant officer who often shares with him important details and clues, but also hostility, in the figure of Cecchini's direct superiors, captain Flavio Anceschi and later captains Giulio Tommasi and Anna Olivieri, who have little tolerance for the priest's continuous interference with the investigations despite the deep esteem they have for him.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Terence Hill as Father Matteo Minelli-Bondini: The series' protagonist and a Catholic priest with an impressive insight into human nature, aiding the Carabinieri (police) station in solving crimes (usually murder cases). (seasons 1-first 4 episodes of 13)
  • Raoul Bova as Father Massimo Sartori: another Catholic priest, former agent of Carabinieri; replaces Father Matteo Bondini after his depart to Africa. (5^ episode of 13-present)
  • Nathalie Guetta as Natalina Diotallevi: Father Matteo's housekeeper. (seasons 1-present)
  • Nino Frassica as Marshal Antonino "Nino" Cecchini: Marshal of Gubbio and Spoleto Carabinieri military police stations and best friend of Father Matteo. (seasons 1-present)
  • Flavio Insinna as Captain Flavio Anceschi: Captain of Gubbio Carabinieri military police station. (seasons 1–5)
  • Simone Montedoro as Captain Giulio Tommasi: Captain of Gubbio and Spoleto Carabinieri military police station, successor of Anceschi. (seasons 6-10-guest 12)
  • Maria Chiara Giannetta as Captain Anna Olivieri: Captain of Spoleto Carabinieri military police station, successor of Tommasi. (seasons 11-present)
  • Francesco Scali as Pippo Gimignani-Zerfati: Father Matteo's sacristan. (seasons 1-present)
  • Caterina Sylos Labini as Caterina Cecchini: Wife of Marshal Cecchini. She died of a hitherto unknown illness. (seasons 1-11)
  • Pamela Saino as Patrizia Cecchini: First daughter of Marshall Cecchini and wife of Captain Giulio Tommasi, she was killed in a car accident. (seasons 2–8)
  • Giada Arena, Giusy Buscemi and Simona Di Bella as Assuntina Cecchini: Second daughter of Marshall Cecchini. (seasons 2-present)
  • Pietro Pulcini as Brigadier Piero Ghisoni: Carabiniere in Gubbio and Spoleto Carabinieri military police stations. (seasons 1–3; seasons 5-present)
  • Giuseppe Sulfaro as Appuntato Severino Cecchini: Nephew of Marshal Cecchini and carabineer in Gubbio and Spoleto police station. (seasons 6-10)
  • Eleonora Sergio as Andrea Conti: Public minister (prosecutor) of Gubbio. (seasons 8)
  • Giorgia Surina as Bianca "Bibba" Venezia: Public minister of Spoleto and friend of Tommasi that becomes a rival in Lia's love. (season 9)
  • Dario Cassini as Gualtiero Ferri: New public minister of Spoleto which replaces Bianca Venezia. He leaves Spoleto when he discovers that Captain Tommasi get engaged to Margherita, and then return when the captain refused to marry her after falling in love with Lia. (seasons 10)
  • Maria Rosaria Russo as Lucrezia Volpi: New public minister of Spoleto which replaces Gualtiero Ferri (seasons 10)
  • Maurizio Lastrico as Marco Nardi: New public minister of Spoleto which replaces Lucrezia Volpi. (seasons 11-present)
  • Simona Marchini as Clara Tommasi: Mother of Captain Giulio Tommasi (seasons 6-10)
  • Nadir Caselli as Lia Cecchini: Niece of Marshall Cecchini who falls in love with Captain Tommasi. (seasons 9-10)
  • Emma Reale as Martina Tommasi: Daughter of Captain Giulio Tommasi and the late Patrizia Cecchini. (seasons 9-10)
  • Astra Lanz as Sister Maria: Friend of Father Matteo. (seasons 6-present)
  • Laura Glavan as Laura Belvedere: 16 years old pregnant girl hosted in Father Matteo's rectory, daughter of Antonio Belvedere, old friend of Matteo. She falls in love with Tomàs Martinez. (seasons 8-10)
  • Andrés Gil as Tomàs Martinez: Young boy who is serving a year in prison in Father Matteo's rectory; he is looking for his sister Alma. He falls in love with Laura. (seasons 9-10)
  • Letizia Arnò as Ester Natalina Belvedere: Little daughter of Laura Belvedere and Giuliano Rovati. (seasons 9-10)
  • Claudio Ricci as Nerino Bertolacci: Children who lived in Father Matteo's rectory (seasons 1–4)
  • Evelina Gori as Grandma Elide: Sprightly grandmother of Nerino (seasons 1–3)
  • Sara Santostasi as Camilla: Bolivian little girl who lived in Father Matteo's rectory (season 4)
  • Steven Manetto as Tommaso: Another child who lived in Father Matteo's rectory (season 5)
  • Andrea Pittorino as Agostino: Another child who lived in Father Matteo's rectory (seasons 7–8)
  • Dalila Pasquariello as Sabrina Esposito: Former convict who thanks to Father Matteo goes to work alongside Tomas. (season 10)
  • Gabriele De Pascali as Alberto Torre: Boyfriend of Laura for a short period. (season 10)
  • Andrea Cereatti as Appuntato Linetti: Carabiniere in Gubbio police station. (season 4)
  • Dario Cassini as Gualtiero Ferri: District attorney of Spoleto police station. (season 10)
  • Milena Miconi as Laura Respighi: Mayor of Gubbio and wife of Captain Anceschi. (seasons 4–5)
  • Ilaria Spada as Amanda Patriarchi: Former girlfriend of Captain Tommasi. (seasons 6–7)
  • Raniero Monaco di Lapio as Daniele Orsini: Former boyfriend of Lia Cecchini. (season 10)
  • Sara Zanier as Margherita Colognese: Girlfriend of Gualtiero Ferri who shortly falls in love with Captain Tommasi. (season 10)
  • Gastone Moschin as Guido: Bishop of Gubbio and friend of Father Matteo. (seasons 1–2)
  • Renato Carpentieri as Bishop of Gubbio: Successor of Guido. (season 3)
  • Philippe Leroy as Mons. Benelli: Bishop of Gubbio and friend of Father Matteo. (seasons 6–7)
  • Sydne Rome as Susi Dallara: Principal of Gubbio and Spoleto high school. (season 7-present)
  • Bruno Cabrerizo as Fernando: Spanish friend of Patrizia Cecchini. (season 8)


Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 16 January 7, 2000 February 20, 2000
2 16 October 21, 2001 December 9, 2001
3 16 September 27, 2002 November 15, 2002
4 24 February 19, 2004 May 6, 2004
5 24 February 1, 2006 April 27, 2006
6 24 January 17, 2008 April 10, 2008
7 24 September 10, 2009 November 26, 2009
8 24 September 15, 2011 December 8, 2011
9 26 January 9, 2014 April 10, 2014
10 26 January 7, 2016 April 14, 2016
11 25 January 11, 2018 April 19, 2018
12 10 January 9, 2020 March 19, 2020
13 10 March 31, 2022 May 26, 2022


The series received two awards at the 42nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2002: Terence Hill won the award for Best Actor and Alessandro Jacchia won the award for Best Producer.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Don Matteo: Dalla Russia….Con Amore".
  2. ^ "Si scrive Atec Matvey, si legge Don Matteo. Ecco come sarà la versione russa della serie tv di Rai1 - Rai Media". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  3. ^ MHz Networks. "The Young Montalbano Premieres Exclusively on MHz Next Week". Retrieved Jan 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Terence Hill named best actor of the year". (in Italian). Archived from the original on August 2, 2013. Retrieved Feb 2, 2013.

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