I think our luck is turning around!
I'm starting to find November fares that are really, really good. $720 pp from Omaha to Florence, Rome to Omaha! Booking directly with the airline, too (American)! And I know Air France just released some great fares, too. I haven't been able to find anything under $850 until now.
I really think I might book soon. $720pp is a great deal for us, since we live in Omaha (not an international airport), it's a multi-destination flight (flying into Florence and out of Rome), and we'd be flying over Thanksgiving. The only sort of bad part is that there are two layovers on the way home, not one like we wanted.
But anyway, things are looking really good!
Good luck to you two, too! I'll be sure to post if we take the plunge.