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Inspector Montalbano

Inspector Montalbano

RaiPlay 1999

Inspector Salvo Montalbano is a fictional character created by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri in a series of novels and short stories.Set in the imaginary town of Vigata, the fractious detective's character and manner encapsulate much of Sicilian mythology - brooding philosophy, whip smart dialogue, rugged beauty, superb food - and astute detective work. Montalbano is played for RAI by Luca Zingaretti. The series is almost entirely shot in the Sicilian city of Ragusa, Italy, and surrounding towns.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Inspector Montalbano

Inspector Montalbano - S4E1

#1 - The Sense of Touch


Season 4 - Episode 1

The seemingly accidental death of a blind man leads Montalbano to an island off the coast of Siciliy. Here the Inspector discovers that both the murder victim and a local fisherman had each deposited huge sums of money in their respective bank accounts. Following the mysterious demise of a second man, who was also blind, the investigation begins to focus on the operations of a charitable foundation which increasingly looks not so charitable after all.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.

Inspector Montalbano - S8E4

#2 - The Age of Doubt


Season 8 - Episode 4

Montalbano wakes up from a nightmare: he dreamt of his funeral, and his bad mood gets worse as the stormy weather floods Vigàta. On his way to the police station, he runs into Vanna Digiulio, a girl just arrived from Palermo to meet her aunt, Livia Giovannini, who’s reaching Vigàta’s harbour on her yacht. As soon as Vanna’s aunt lands in Vigàta later than expected due to the discovery of a corpse at sea, Vanna disappears. Since Livia gets surprised as Montalbano asks after her niece, he starts doubting about the truth of the girl’s real identity.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Inspector Montalbano - S8E3

#3 - Treasure Hunt


Season 8 - Episode 3

An elderly couple, both religious fanatics, barricade themselves in their home and begin shooting from the windows and balconies apparently with no reason. Montalbano’s men finally succeed in disarming them: there seems to be no reason for this insane action but inside the home they find a strangely disfigured inflatable doll. A few days later, when an identical doll is discovered in a garbage bin, Montalbano has a bad premonition.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Inspector Montalbano - S2E2

#4 - The Mystery of the Terracotta Dog


Season 2 - Episode 2

A criminal turned state witness informs Montalbano of an arms stash in a cave just outside Vigata. Also uncovered in the cave is a secret chamber where the bodies of two lovers, killed sometime in the 1940s, were buried in a bizarre ritual. An intrigued Montalbano must challenge the Mafia and deal with the arms cache before he can investigate this second find.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.

Inspector Montalbano - S8E1

#5 - The Potter's Field


Season 8 - Episode 1

In a dreadful morning a body cut into pieces and wrapped in a plastic bag is found in a clay deposit. All the signs point to an old-fashioned mafia style execution of a traitor. Strangely enough, Mimì Augello who lately has been unusually irritable and short-tempered, is now driving the entire police station crazy. Augello insists on being assigned to the case and, if he doesn’t get it, is threatening to request a new assignment elsewhere.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Inspector Montalbano - S4E2
#6 - Montalbano's Croquettes
Season 4 - Episode 2

As the small town of Vigata prepares for its New Year celebrations, local police inspector Salvo Montalbano is reluctantly making arrangements to travel to Paris with his girlfriend. What he would much rather do, however, is accept a dinner invitation by his cleaner Adelina, who has promised to cook rice croquettes. A wealthy husband and wife are found dead in what appears to be a car accident, but quickly turns into a murder investigation. And as the circumstances surrounding the death of the couple grow more and more mysterious, clues point to the involvement of Adelina's son Pasquale.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Inspector Montalbano - S5E2
#7 - Equal Time
Season 5 - Episode 2

The murder of Angelo Bonpensiero would appear to be the start of a mafia war. Montalbano has his doubts. He is then taken off the case and assigned to investigate the disappearance of a young Ukrainian woman, seemingly unrelated to the previous case he will find out that he should have trusted his instinct after all...

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Inspector Montalbano - S9E1
#8 - Angelica's Smile
Season 9 - Episode 1

A series of burglaries takes place at the houses of wealthy Vigata residents. One of the victims is a beguiling young bank manager called Angelica, to whom Salvo finds he is soon attracted. As the investigation progresses, Montalbano starts to suspect that the burglaries might be a cover for something rather more sinister.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
Inspector Montalbano - S1E2
#9 - The Voice of the Violin
Season 1 - Episode 2

When the naked dead body of a young woman is found in a villa outside Vigata, Montalbano discovers that she had recently bought the villa and was in the process of restoring it using her wealthy husband's money. When the case is taken from Montalbano and given to rival inspector Panzacchi from nearby Montelusa, Panzacchi draws some easy conclusions and the investigation risks going badly off course. Will a proud Montalbano stick his neck out to regain control of the case or will he allow his incompetent colleagues to pin the murder on the wrong suspect?

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Inspector Montalbano - S3E2
#10 - The Artist's Touch
Season 3 - Episode 2

Goldsmith Alberto Larussa appears to have committed suicide by turning his wheelchair into an electric chair. But Inspector Montalbano discovers that the dead man's will, which leaves everything to his brother Giacomo, was forged. Giacomo is arrested, but he maintains that he did not kill Alberto. Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector Mimi' Augello is working on the case of a mysteriously-murdered electrician.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021



One of the most popular Police Procedural in Italy, it's proudly repetitive and formulaic, Full of melodrama, clichés and misogynistic femmes fatales, the heavy exposition is unbearable but the characters are very charming, the Sicilian coast is confy and most of the episodes end in a deep Bittersweet way.


There is absolutely no life beyond Montalbano.


Can u please add the upcoming 10th season? :)

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