We are going to book the RS Sicily Tour for next June 21-Jul 1. This tour ends on a Wednesday, so we will have plenty of time to add a 3-4 night extension. (We've been to most of Italy's highlights) We would prefer to depart from Rome since we can get a direct flight to PHL, but other European hubs are an option too. Any recommendations? Here's a few that I was tossing around.
1 . Stay in Sicily and explore areas not visited on tour (where?)
2. Explore Southern Italy, e.g. Bari, Matera, Alberobello (best more of transportation?)
3. Visit at least one of my ancestral towns (one near Salerno and one in Abbruzzo (where I still have known family)
4. Fly to Milan and explore lake region or Cinque Terre. (having doubts about this considering the heat and tourist season).