Glen plaid flannel suits are your friend - the pants can always be used (in grey or even brown) as odd trousers blue blazers.
For any other odd jacket, that's beyond my expertise & I usually go for solid flannel trousers.
As it turns out, the trip will have to wait till next year, but I'd like to go to Giuseppe Arrigo. Sleevehead (from LL) wrote a book (available online) that documents his Sicily sartorial tour, and out of all of them, I like Arrigo's cut the best.
O hai gaiz
As far as burgundy/dark red ties go, I like how they can "warm" up an outfit, and they play well with brown shoes (of which I have...probably too many). Similarly, I find that I if I pull out a brown tie I go for burgundy shoes. It's not always this way, but more often than not. Strangely, I get many comments on brown ties along the lines of "oh, wow, a brown tie. Never seen one of those."