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Italy is a country located in south-central Europe. To the south of Italy is Sicily. Italy was known during Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven and for the first part of Mafia II as the Kingdom of Italy or (Italian: Regno d'Italia). During the war, Italy under the leadership of Il Duce, Benito Mussolini sided with Nazi Germany until Mussolini's overthrow from power in late July of 1943 letting Italy to surrender and join the Allies. Mussolini and those loyal to him fled north to the Nazi German puppet state of the Italian Social Republic (Italian: Repubblica Sociale Italiana or RSI) which lasted until April of 1945. In May of 1946, Italy became the Republic of Italy (Italian: Repubblica italiana).
In Mafia II, Italy is seen only in Chapter 1, and mentioned from time to time.