Katrina emailed from Italy this morning (evening for her) with an update concerning our move to Italy.
The relocation agent in Italy has a December 16th government appointment to get the work permit for Katrina. Assuming they don't request any additional paperwork, we should have our permit that day. This would put our move into gear and we would start preparing. The next steps would be: visiting the Italian consulate in Portland for our visas, a preview trip to Italy, and start working with the relocation and moving agents to prepare for our move.
Assuming the work permit is obtained on the 16th, we could be moving to Italy by mid to late January.