Thanks all for your help!
memartinde, thanks good info. unfortunately 6 months are not a lot.
We've researched a few possibilities and found out that there are ferries leaving from Canada to the UK (1 wk travel) where we could go with our AS. Still don't have prices...most don't have web sites &/or very poorly designed ones.
We'd really want to drive it there not ship it!
Once in Italy my major concern is storage! Why? I fear that our beautiful new CCD may inspire a whole squadron of thieves!!!! A drive way is now safe haven.
Will keep on looking for solutions.
The EU is a very important project that will take time, patience and a whole lot of adjustments. Many european countries have been secluded for too many years. They definetly need some "diversity". Sure, it would be best if that diversity came from the better part of society and not rejects and refugees...
Italy has been struggling with immigration problems since I was young, many areas of the city I grew up in are now deemed "untouchable" by Italian local police. A sad situation which has raised racism and separatism, but also extreme compassion and solidarity. As always opposite reactions.
I do believe though, that thanks to this, Italy is now a more open country - as in views. I just hope that the great heritage (history, culture etc) won't be lost or melted in this new multi-ethnic society, how it has happened here in the US.