It looks like breaking its own ratings record three weeks in a row was enough to lock in Jersey Shore's Season 4 shooting location. Apparently, execs at MTV have been working on getting the cast and crew visas for two months. Visas, you say? But where could we possibly be going?

ITALY.

Yes, the macaroni rascals are finally returning to the motherland (not Seaside Heights). Sources at MTV say they've been scouting locations in Italia (just like they did in Miami) to find the perfect balance of nightlife, sightseeing, and the angriest natives.

Vinny Guadagnino's Italian relatives have already agreed to host an authentic Italian family dinner! (We hope Mike doesn't try to "impress them" with his chicken parm.

Quick, how do you say "The Situation" in Italian? And who will get deported first? And how much weight is everyone going to gain? And how hard is it going to be to find GTL facilities outside the good ol' US of A?

Shooting is scheduled to start May 2011, and we can't wait to watch this train wreck.

Source: TMZ