James May's Our Man in Italy: When is it released on Prime Video? Where does he visit? All you need to know about the travel show

Our Man In Italy, James May's latest educational yet characteristically silly travelogue series, is coming to Prime Video in 2022. Watch the trailer and see our first-look image gallery...

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 17 June 2022 - 10.18am

Following the success of Our Man in Japan, James May hits the road again with his Prime Video travel series for a journey around breathtakingly beautiful Italy.

Our Man in Italy, which launches on Prime Video on 15 July, will see the Grand Tour presenter take in every corner of one of his favourite countries, exploring the history, culture, landscape, industry and people of Italy, but all with the usual dose of James May silliness.

From an outsiders' perspective, it seems like Italians have life pretty much sussed. Work never trumps family and a fine wine is never rushed. But is this the truth or just an outdated, romantic stereotype?

James is on a mission to discover the Italy of the 21st century and find out what it truly means to be Italian.

Where is Our Man in Italy filmed?

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It's in the bag: James on a shopping spree at Milan's stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

In this series, James May will travel the length and breadth of Italy.

Prime Video has revealed the following information:

From the sun-kissed shores of Sicily to the snow-capped mountains of the Alps, Italy is one of James’ favourite countries in the world – a place bursting with style, beautiful cars, Nutella, and over two millennia of culture.

It’s also a land of contradictions, simultaneously at the cutting edge – of science, of fashion, of engineering – and yet its crumbling infrastructure, endemic corruption, and eye-watering public debt all describe, on paper, a country and society that seems on the cusp of failure.

"It reminds me of a Garibaldi biscuit," says James. “It shouldn’t work and yet somehow it's a triumph."

Judging from the first-look images of the series, James visits some of the most famous sights in Italy as well as walking a few less-trodden paths. 

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One for the road: James beside a Ferrari at the company's Fiorano test track in Maranello
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Grate expectations: James in a vault of parmesan-based collateral at Credito Emiliano's cheese bank in Montese
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On the fiddle: James applies a fresh coat of varnish to a hand-crafted violin at Bissolotti & Sons luthiers in Cremona
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What's not to lake? James at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Lake Como
Up for the cup: James meets legendary Italy and Juventus footballer Giorgio Chiellini in Turin
One knight only: James dons the armour of a medieval warrior at the Teatro Regio di Parma, in Parma

When is Our Man in Italy released on Prime Video?

Our Man in Italy will launch on Prime Video on 15 July.

Our Man in Japan is available to watch on Prime Video now.

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Is James May filming Our Man in the USA?

Originally, James May was supposed to be heading to the USA for his second season of travelogues following 2020's Our Man in Japan.

Prime Video and the presenter had planned an epic 4,000-mile fact-finding mission across the United States of America.

May was supposed to journey from Cape Cod to Seattle, via New York, Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and LA, the series had to be postponed for logistical reasons due to Covid and Visas.

May and the team (Series director Tom Whitter and executive producer Will Daws) are still intending to film a USA series, but changed plans to shoot series 2 of Our Man in... in Italy.

What else can you watch with The Grand Tour presenters on Prime Video?

Season 1-4 of The Grand Tour are available to stream on Prime Video.

James May’s Our Man in Japan and cookery series Oh Cook! are also available to watch.

Jeremy Clarkson’s hugely successful series Clarkson’s Farm returns in 2022 for season 2 - the first season is available to watch now on Prime Video.

Richard Hammond’s pop-science series The Great Escapists is also available now on Prime Video.