As indicated in comments to previous posts, certain Mafia Wars players are now in Italy. I was lucky enough to get early admission to Las Vegas (remember that daily gamble with the Hill Brothers?) but no such luck with Italy.
I have, however, been able to help members of my Mafia who are in Italy, as I see them progressing through Italy and turn green with envy:
What I can tell from helping out is that the currency in Mafia Wars Italy has an L$ prefix (as, in Lira - which, by the way, was last used as currency in Italy in 2001. The Euro is the standard currency in Italy).
You can also obtain Italy currency from doing jobs in Missions... and the symbol there looks something like the Euro. So even before you get access to Italy, you can stockpile some cash for whatever you'll need to buy there:
There is also a Football Stadium that needs to be filled with fans. Until you're in Italy, you can't help with this job. Perhaps "Fans" are a part, like a Cinder Block, that you send to Mafia members, and get back, to grow your Football Stadium.
Further intelligence on Italy: Italy has 5 Regions: Roma, Palermo, Venezia, Milano, and Napoli, with Regions 6-8 to be released at a later date. Each region will have 4 tiers, like Vegas, as well as Fight, Energy, and Social paths, like Vegas... but you will not be required to complete all paths to advance to the next tier. Once you reach and beat the Boss at each tier, you move up to the next tier.
Italy Properties include a Villa, Winery, and Fishery. One of the Italy collections is the Dinner is Served Collection. And there are 9 Achievements specific to Italy - including collecting 1,000 Fucile De Caccias (which loosely translates to some type of gun or rifle).
I'll be looking forward to clearing customs in Italy so I can post some proper information. Away in Pittsburgh this weekend bravely wearing my Rutgers apparel to the Panthers-Scarlet Knights game and a heated Big East rivalry... if I make it back in one piece, we'll have all the new developments on Italy throughout the week.