Don Matteo (2000– )


Don Matteo (TV Series 2000– )

Terence Hill stars as Don Matteo, a thoroughly ordinary Catholic priest with an extraordinary ability to read people and solve crimes. He's a parish priest who never met an unjustly accused person he didn't want to help.
IMDb   6 /10
TheMovieDb    5.1 /10
FilmAffinity   4.4 /10
Creator Alessandro Bencivenni
Creator Domenico Saverni
Creator Enrico Oldoini
Release Date2000-01-06
GenreComedy, Crime, Drama
Content RatingTV-G (TV-G)
AwardsAwards2 wins
CompanyLux Vide, Rai Fiction
Don Matteoas Don Matteo
Maresciallo Nino Cecchinias Maresciallo Nino Cecchini…
Nathalie Guettà
Nathalie Guettà
Natalinaas Natalina
Francesco Scali
Francesco Scali
Pippoas Pippo
Pietro Pulcini
Pietro Pulcini
Brigadiere Ghisonias Brigadiere Ghisoni…
Caterina Cecchinias Caterina Cecchini
Simone Montedoro
Simone Montedoro
Cap. Giulio Tommasias Cap. Giulio Tommasi
Flavio Insinna
Flavio Insinna
Capitano Anceschias Capitano Anceschi…
Severinoas Severino
Pamela Saino
Pamela Saino
Patrizia Cecchinias Patrizia Cecchini
Laura Belvedereas Laura Belvedere…
Francesco Castiglione
Francesco Castiglione
Appuntato Barbaas Appuntato Barba
Claudio Ricci
Claudio Ricci
Nerinoas Nerino
Milena Miconi
Milena Miconi
Laura Respighias Laura Respighi…
Thomasas Thomas
Evelina Gori
Evelina Gori
Nonna Elideas Nonna Elide
Susi Dallaraas Susi Dallara…
Astra Lanz
Astra Lanz
Suor Mariaas Suor Maria

Don Matteo

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, who 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 redeeming 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 the 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 a Polish version Ojciec Mateusz produced by TVP.


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


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 superior, captain Flavio Anceschi (and later Giulio Tommasi and Anna Olivieri), who has little tolerance for the priest's continuous interference with the investigation.

Cast and characters

  • 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-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)
  • Maria Chiara Giannetta as Captain Anna Olivieri: Captain of Spoleto Carabinieri military police station, successor of Tommasi. (seasons 11-present)
  • Natalie Guetta as Natalina Diotallevi: Father Matteo's housekeeper. (seasons 1-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)
  • Eleonora Sergio as Andrea Conti: District attorney of Gubbio police station. (season 8)
  • 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)
  • Vittorio Soleo as Lorenzo Tarquini: young sinful boyfriend of Father Matteo. (season 8)
  • 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)


116January 7, 2000February 20, 2000
216October 21, 2001December 9, 2001
316September 27, 2002November 15, 2002
424February 19, 2004May 6, 2004
524February 1, 2006April 27, 2006
624January 17, 2008April 10, 2008
724September 10, 2009November 26, 2009
824September 15, 2011December 8, 2011
926January 9, 2014April 10, 2014
1026January 7, 2016April 14, 2016
1125January 11, 2018April 19, 2018
1210January 9, 2020March 19, 2020


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.