Mafia Wars is rolling out two new challenges while we await the release of Italy Regions 6, 7, and 8: Serial Assassins and Holiday Traffic.
Serial Assassins will be first and is "Coming This Week"
No info yet on the Zynga forums, but the Grand Prize (134A/105D) will be a nice addition to your top 501. I hope there's a collection that goes with this one, as we had with the Silence Don Romo challenge.
Holiday Traffic is "Coming Soon" (Thanksgiving?) and refers to a Mission - so hopefully some great loot items like we had with the Halloween Missions.
Commentors on the Zynga Mafia Wars boards are concerned in advance that with the two new challenges, Marble Slabs and Italian Hardwood - which just returned to the Free Gift list - will be off again.
Remember, whether you see the Italy Village upgrades on the Free Gift list or not, you can always send and get dozens of Marble Slabs + Italian Hardwood (click here) - as well as Terracotta Tiles and Stone Columns (click here).
The second link is always helpful since Tiles and Columns have NEVER appeared on the Mafia Wars Free Gift list.
Finally - whether it's for Italy Village upgrade parts, or whatever items we need to collect to master the Serial Assassins or Holiday Traffic challenges, use the Double Your Free Gifts trick!