Italian TV shows for students of Italian:
“Il Commissario Montalbano”

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A classic Italian TV show to practice your Italian

Have you ever heard of the famous Commissario Montalbano?

He’s the star of this much-loved Italian crime drama, popular both in Italy and around the world. Based on a novel by Andrea Camilleri, it’s a thrilling story set on the beautiful island of Sicily.

You will learn how the idea for the story was born, what the most popular episodes are and many other interesting facts about the fascinating character that is Commissario Silvio Montalbano.

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It is a great way for you to work on your Italian Listening and Comprehension skills.  

Don’t just listen to this Episode as you would any other Podcast in your native language! 
You are here to improve your ability to speak and understand Italian, and you will if you use these resources strategically.

Below are clear and simple instructions on how you should use these learning materials.


  • Read the TRUE/FALSE questions below; they will help you focus on the main points you need to listen out for.


  • Listen to the audio once. Don’t focus on trying to understand every single word and sentence.
    The aim is to get the overall meaning. What is Manu talking about?
  • Listen to it again and see if you can pick out the key words and find the answers to the questions as you listen.
  • Listen to the audio as many times as you need – the more you listen the more you will understand. Try and identify words that you don’t know the meaning of and look them up.
    The most important thing is that you listen more than once!

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Here are your TRUE/ FALSE Comprehension questions.

You will find the answers to these questions and even more questions in the Bonus PDF.

1. Il commissario Montalbano vive in montagna
Inspector Montalbano lives in the mountains.

2. Vigata è una città siciliana che potete visitare
Vigata is a Sicilian city that you can visit

3. Il Commissario Montalbano è un uomo perfetto e senza difetti
Inspector Montalbano is a perfect man with no flaws

4. I film sono tratti da romanzi scritti da Andrea Camilleri
The movies are based on novels written by Andrea Camilleri

5. Il Commissario Montalbano non è sposato
Inspector Montalbano is not married

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