Suburra: Blood on Rome

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Suburra: Blood on Rome
Suburra TV title.png
ItalianSuburra - La serie
GenreCrime drama
Based on
Developed by
  • Daniele Cesarano
  • Barbara Petronio
Country of originItaly
Original languagesItalian
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Matteo De Laurentiis
  • Erik Barmack
  • Kelly Luegenbiehl
  • Jennifer Breslow
  • Sandra Bonacchi
  • Giovanni Stabilini
  • Marco Chimenz
  • Riccardo Tozzi
  • Gina Gardini
  • Sara Polese
  • Filippo Rizzello
Production locationRome, Italy
  • Patrizio Marone
  • Lorenzo Peluso
Running time42–62 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original release6 October 2017 (2017-10-06) –
30 October 2020 (2020-10-30)
Followed bySuburra

Suburra: Blood on Rome (Italian: Suburra - La serie) is an Italian crime drama streaming television series set in Rome. It is based on the 2015 film Suburra, in turn inspired by the novel of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini. The series was developed by Daniele Cesarano and Barbara Petronio for Netflix, making it its first Italian-language original television series.[1][2] It was produced by Cattleya in association with Rai Fiction and Bartleby Film. Rai Fiction was not involved in the production of the third and final season.

Suburra draws from the real life events of the Mafia Capitale investigation and focuses on power clashes and corruption among organized crime, politicians and churchmen.[3][4] The series revolves around Aureliano Adami (Alessandro Borghi), an Ostia-based gang member, and his relations with Alberto "Spadino" Anacleti (Giacomo Ferrara), a Sinti gang member, and Gabriele "Lele" Marchilli (Eduardo Valdarnini), the only son of a policeman who becomes involved in crime. Samurai (Francesco Acquaroli), an antagonist to the Adamis, is the head of Roman organized crime and contact for the Sicilian Mafia in Rome; he approaches politician Amedeo Cinaglia (Filippo Nigro) to aid in his Ostia affairs. Sara Monaschi (Claudia Gerini) is a Vatican financial auditor for lands in Ostia.

The world premiere of the series was on 1 September 2017 at the 74th Venice Film Festival, where the first two episodes were screened as part of the Il Cinema nel Giardino section.[5][6] All episodes of the first season premiered worldwide on 6 October 2017.[7] The series was also set to air on the Italian television network Rai 2 in 2018,[7] but its premiere was postponed to 15 February 2019.[8] On 30 January 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[9] whose production began on 3 April 2018[10] and ended on 8 August 2018.[11] The eight-episode second season was released on 22 February 2019.[12] On 2 April 2019, Netflix announced the renewal for a third season.[13] On 4 December 2019, Netflix announced that the series' third season would be its last.[14] The season was released on 30 October 2020.[15]

Cast and characters[edit]

Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Nigro and Claudia Gerini (left to right) portray Aureliano Adami, Amedeo Cinaglia and Sara Monaschi respectively.


  • Alessandro Borghi as Aureliano Adami, an Ostia-based gang member. Gabriele Rizzoli portrays young Aureliano in season two.
  • Giacomo Ferrara as Alberto "Spadino" Anacleti, a Sinti gang member and closeted homosexual. Nicholas Salvatori portrays young Alberto in seasons two and three.
  • Eduardo Valdarnini as Gabriele "Lele" Marchilli (seasons 1–2), the only son of a policeman who becomes involved in crime due to a debt with Samurai; he later joins the police-force himself. Lorenzo Ciamei portrays young Gabriele in season two.
  • Francesco Acquaroli as "Samurai", the head of organized crime in Rome and contact for the Sicilian Mafia; he is also a former militant neo-fascist terrorist. His real name is Valerio. Rocco Angelucci portrays young Valerio in season three.
  • Filippo Nigro as Amedeo Cinaglia, a progressive politician approached by Samurai. Alessandro Sposi portrays young Amedeo in season three.
  • Claudia Gerini as Sara Monaschi,[a] a financial auditor working for the Roman Curia
  • Adamo Dionisi as Manfredi Anacleti, a Sinti crime gang leader and Spadino's older brother. Antonio Orlando portrays young Manfredi in season three.
  • Barbara Chichiarelli as Livia Adami (seasons 1–2), Aureliano's sister
  • Federico Tocci as Tullio Adami (season 1, guest season 2), Aureliano's father
  • Gerasimos Skiadaresis as Monsignor Theodosiou (season 1), a pious yet sinful monsignor
  • Elisabetta De Palo as Countess Sveva della Rocca Croce (seasons 1–2), a powerful aristocrat
  • Carlotta Antonelli as Angelica Sale, Spadino's wife
  • Renato Marchetti as Franco Marchilli (seasons 1–2),[b] a policeman and Lele's father
  • Paola Sotgiu as Adelaide Anacleti, Manfredi and Spadino's mother
  • Augusto Zucchi as Cardinal Cosimo Giunti (seasons 1–2), a member of the Vatican commission
  • Stefano Santospago as Sandro Monaschi (seasons 1–2),[c] Sara's husband
  • Lucia Mascino as Gabriella (seasons 1–2), a member of parliament and Amedeo's ex-wife
  • Lorena Cesarini as Isabelle Mbamba (season 1), a prostitute and Aureliano's love interest
  • Diego Ribon as Stefano Forsini (seasons 1–2),[d] a member of parliament and Gabriella's new husband
  • Pietro Ragusa as Gianni Taccon (season 1), a new member of Amedeo's municipal commission
  • Jacopo Venturiero as Adriano Latelli (seasons 2–3),[e] a clandestine neo-fascist radio host
  • Rosa Diletta Rossi as Alice (seasons 2–3, recurring season 1), Amedeo's second wife
  • Federica Sabatini as Nadia Gravoni (seasons 2–3), the daughter of a small boss of Ostia who establishes a personal and business relationship with Aureliano
  • Cristina Pelliccia as Cristiana Massoli (season 2), a policewoman and Lele's colleague
  • Alessandro Bernardini as Saverio "Boiardo" Guerri (seasons 2–3, recurring season 1), Samurai's right-hand man
  • Stefano Fabrizi as Romolo Lucci (season 2, recurring season 1), a soldier of the Adamis
  • Alessandro Proietti as Alex (seasons 2–3), Spadino's cousin, loyal to Adelaide
  • Alberto Cracco as Cardinal Fiorenzo Nascari (seasons 2–3)
  • Fiorenza Tessari as Mara Guagli (season 2, recurring season 1), a policewoman and Lele's father's love interest
  • Antonio Bannò as Flavio Lucci (season 3, recurring season 2), Romolo's son
  • Marzia Ubaldi as Sibilla Mancini (season 3)
  • Emmanuele Aita as Ferdinando Badali (season 3, recurring seasons 1–2), a member of the Sicilian Mafia
  • Alessandra Roca as Laura, Manfredi's lawyer (season 3)
  • Claudio Vanni as Titto Zaccardelli, a drug dealer from North Rome (season 3)


  • Pietro Biondi as Cardinal Pascagni, Sara's ally in the Vatican (recurring season 1, guest season 2)
  • Alessio De Persio as Vincenzo Sale, a Sinti boss and Angelica's father
  • Daniele Amendola as Aldo (season 1), one of Manfredi's soldiers
  • Maurizio Bianucci as Aristide Gramini (season 1), a municipal councillor
  • Andrea Cavatorta as Serri (season 1), a municipal councillor
  • Paolo Gattini as Gianni (season 1)
  • Daniele Locci as Boris (season 1), Manfredi and Alberto's cousin
  • Alessandro Rossi as Giacomo Finucci (season 1), a corrupt member of Amedeo's municipal commission
  • Mario Sgueglia as Ezio Quirino (season 1), an accountant to the Adami family and Livia's love interest
  • Aleph Viola as Teo (season 2), Spadino's secret lover
  • Gianluca Gobbi as Enrico Barsacci, a right-wing politician (season 2)
  • Davide Argenti as Leo, Spadino and Alex's cousin (season 3)
  • Sofia Ciraolo as Vittoria Cinaglia, Amedeo and Alice's daughter (season 3)
  • Filippo Franzè as Fabrizio Cinaglia, Amedeo and Alice's son (season 3)
  • Michael Moses Dodi as Vincent, a priest, Cardinal Nascari's assistant and secret son (season 3)
  • Giovanni Federico as Don Badali, a boss of the Sicilian Mafia and Ferdinando's father (recurring season 3, guest season 2)


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
1106 October 2017 (2017-10-06)
2822 February 2019 (2019-02-22)
3630 October 2020 (2020-10-30)


Season 1 received a 100% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 8.0/10.[16] Hanh Nguyen of IndieWire called it "Netflix's Italian Answer to Narcos", and praised the series for its soundtrack and filming.[17]

Suburra: Blood on Rome is noted for being the first Italian television series to feature a Sinti mobster character that is gay (Spadino Anacleti).[18][19]


  1. ^ Gerini only appears in one episode of season three, although credited as a main cast member.
  2. ^ Marchetti only appears in one episode of season two, although credited as a main cast member.
  3. ^ Santospago only appears in one episode of season two, although credited as a main cast member.
  4. ^ Ribon only appears in one episode of season two, although credited as a main cast member.
  5. ^ Venturiero only appears in one episode of season three, although credited as a main cast member.


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  11. ^ Valdarnini, Eduardo (8 August 2018). "Una foto all'inizio, un'altra alla fine... e quello che succede nel mezzo lo vedrete presto! Buone vacanze a tutti 🌞🎬🌞 @suburranetflix @netflixit #suburralaserie #netflix #netflixitalia". Instagram (in Italian). Archived from the original on 23 December 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
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