James Gandolfini Remains Headed Home Tomorrow

6/23/2013 12:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The remains of James Gandolfini may be flown to his homeland Monday ... and it's no small feat.

A family spokesperson says, "The provisional plan is to depart Rome tomorrow afternoon and arrive in the U.S. in the evening."

It often takes a week or longer to return a body when an American dies in Europe.  The red tape is unfathomable.

Funeral services for the 51-year-old "Sopranos" star are planned for later this week at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in NYC.