Giovanni has been in the crime business all of his life. He was recruited into a local mafia gang at the age of eight. Here he'd learn how to hussle to get his way. Giovanni doesn't take no for an answer. One could say he's too stubborn for his own good. He speaks without thinking, no matter the consequences. His friends keep him grounded. Without them, he'd be pillaging and taking as he pleases. He's respectful to his authority. All of these traits accumulated to him becoming high up in the mafia rankings at the age of 19. The Godfather himself sent Giovanni, as well as others, to an arms deal in Chernarus where they'd meet with the Russian underground to smuggle firearms back to Florence. It was an inside job. The Russian police surrounded the deal while the mafia surrendered, including Giovanni. They didn't stand a chance. The entire group was brought to the gallows where the police sought out information about the Italian mafia. Nobody gave in. The police hanged each member of the mafia one by one. Giovanni was last in line. Just as he was stepping up onto the gallows an explosion emerged on the horizon. One remaining mafia member had managed to escape and create a distraction for the remaining members, which Giovanni was the only one. Giovanni ran off into the Chernarus countryside, leaving everything he knew behind. During his time surviving in the woods he grew to respect God, and adopted Christianity. This is when the outbreak started. Still stranded in the woods Giovanni was oblivious to the incident. Here he lived for six months, afraid that the police were still out there trying to find him. Finally he decided enough was enough. He ventured out southwards and hit the town of Lopatino. Here he found a band of survivors, to which they explained the situation and they he needed to evacuate. However, he couldn't evacuate with the rest of them. Giovanni was afraid that leaving with the help of the government would lead to him being imprisoned for his mafia affiliations. He decided to stay in Chernarus. Eventually he found his new friend, Red. Red knew the land and the people that inhabited it. Together they ventured off to survive in this new land.