Usually, when we talk about unblocking Netflix, we’re referring to US Netflix. The American catalog of shows does, after all, have the largest selection of newer TV shows. But other countries have their own exclusive content on Netflix as well. Italy’s Netflix catalog includes both international and local titles, including Amiche da Morire, Generazione 1000 Euro, and Reality.
Netflix Italy also offers Italian subtitles and dubbing on much of its content, making it preferable for Italians traveling abroad.
Users who attempt to watch Netflix Italia from outside of Italy will automatically be redirected to their current country’s version of Netflix. To access Netflix Italy, you’ll need an Italian IP address. An IP address is a unique identifier for your device that’s used to approximate your location.
The best way to get an Italian IP address is to use a VPN. A Virtual Private Network encrypts all of a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of your choosing. This masks your real IP address with the one used by the server, which in this case would be located in Italy.
Netflix has blacklisted many VPN servers from accessing its content. Attempting to watch Netflix Italy with a banned VPN will result in the following error message:
“Ops! Qualcosa è andato storto… Errore – streaming. Sembra che tu stia usando un unblocker o un proxy. Disattiva questi servizi e riprova.
Or, in English:
“Whoops, something went wrong… Streaming error. You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again.”
A handful of VPNs are still able to bypass the Netflix proxy error in Italy. We’ve curated the following list of the best VPNs for Netflix Italy based on the following criteria:
- Italian servers that can bypass the Netflix proxy error
- Fast and stable connections for HD streaming without interruptions
- Quick and competent customer support
- Supports multiple types of devices
Note that we tested these VPNs with Netflix in a web browser. We cannot guarantee they will work with the Netflix app on mobile or streaming media devices.
ExpressVPN recently added the ability to unblock Netflix Italy to an already long list of geo-locked sites and apps. Others include Netflix US, UK, Canada, Japan and France, BBC iPlayer, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. Just ask the live chat support which servers can unblock Netflix Italy, or just figure it out by trial and error (there are only two locations to choose from in Italy). ExpressVPN is fast enough to stream without buffering in high quality.
Beyond unblocking, ExpressVPN is a great all-around provider. It offers robust security, a no-logs policy, and best-in-class leak protection. The company operates over 2,000 servers in 94 countries. Every subscription comes with the MediaStreamer smart DNS proxy service, which can unblock geo-locked sites on devices that don’t support VPNs, such as Apple TV and game consoles.
You may connect up to three devices at once on a standard subscription. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Linux, and certain wifi routers.
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NordVPN doesn’t list Italian Netflix in the list of countries where it can unblock the streaming service, but we were able to successfully connect and watch Italian Netflix from Canada in our testing. Nord operates 18 servers in Italy as of time of writing, and we were able to bypass the proxy error when connected to the most popular one (server load is indicated in the app). NordVPN also unblocks Netflix in the US, France, India, Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. Other streaming services, like HBO Now, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu can also be unblocked from outside their respective countries.
NordVPN uses military-grade encryption to prevent hackers and your ISP from snooping on your activity. The company touts a true zero logs policy, meaning it doesn’t retain any information about how you use the service. A single subscription allows you to connect up to six simultaneous devices. Live customer support is available on the website. The servers are fast enough to ensure a seamless stream without buffering.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
Read our full NordVPN review.
PrivateVPN, not to be confused with Private Internet Access, is a relatively young VPN provider that’s carving out a place for itself as a solid VPN that can unblock just about everything. That includes Italian Netflix, among other services. It has just one server in Italy and about 100 in all. That’s a mere fraction of NordVPN’s 1,000+ servers, but in this case, it pays to stay low key and keep flying under Netflix’s radar.
PrivateVPN performed well in our speed tests, offering enough bandwidth to stream Netflix in high definition. Strong encryption, a kill switch, DNS leak protection, a zero logs policy, and up to five simultaneous devices are all included in a normal subscription.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
Read our full PrivateVPN review.
Can I use a free VPN with Netflix Italy?
Probably not. Even among paid VPN services, we only found two that successfully bypassed Netflix’s anti-proxy firewall. Free VPNs simply don’t have the resources to fight Netflix.
We recommend avoiding free VPNs in general. They usually have a far more limited selection of servers, impose data caps, and restrict bandwidth.
Many free VPNs make money by infringing on users’ privacy, injecting advertisements and tracking cookies into their browsers. Their browsing data is mined and sold to third-parties. Some free VPN apps even carry malware that can infect, damage, and/or steal from your device.
VPNs that don’t work with Italian Netflix
Here’s a list of VPNs that do not work with Italian Netflix, either by their own admission or according to our tests:
- HideMyAss (HMA)
- Private Internet Access (PIA)
- Hotspot Shield
There are many more VPNs that won’t work with Netflix, but you’re likely to come across these in your search. If you’re not sure, know that VPNs which can unblock Netflix are the exception rather than the rule.
VPN not working with Netflix? Try this
If you have a subscription with one of the VPN providers we’ve recommended above but still aren’t able to access Netflix, try the following steps.
- Log out of all Google accounts on the machine, including your Chrome account if you use it. Google caches IP addresses, which may reveal your actual location.
- Disable all location services in your browser and any location services on your machine or device (GPS, etc)
- Clear your browser’s cookies, cache, and temp files. Learn how to clear your cache here, and how to clear your cookies here.
- Disable IPv6 on your device. This option can usually be found somewhere in your network settings.
- Disconnect and reconnect to the selected server location to obtain a new IP address.
- Change your device’s time zone to the provider’s service area and adjust the time to local time. For Italy, the time zones are UTC+1 and UTC+2.
- If you are connected to a wifi network and have access to the router, rename your Wifi network name (SSID), appending “”_nomap”” at the end (no quotes). This will opt your network out of Google’s geolocation services. You will need to reconnect your device to the new network in order to regain internet access.