I have had a prompt reply from Italy regarding the permits.
They have already established a local permit, and the route for the permits upon entry to the airports. The latter has yet to be setup, but will be done. So it sounds like it's all in hand and no problem.
I have asked for the dates to be confirmed.
Once I have the info, I will post on the various forums so as many people can read the info as possible, and also pass it onto the BFTA sec for circulation.