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3 weeks in Sicily itinerary

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After much deliberation, we decided not to include Naples in our 2016 visit to Sicily because we would do either one or the other an injustice by cutting our time there short.
We have travelled to Rome several times and also visited Orvieto and Tivoli. Florence, Venice, Pisa, Genova, CT, Padua, the three lakes, Verona, Vicenza and Milan, Siena Assisi, Capri, Amalfi and Paestum have also been visited on previous trips. We are not beach people and do not wish to spend long hours on the beach. DH has a penchant for bookshops and has to stop at each and every one even if he does not purchase anything. I am a jewellery crafter and so am on a look out for unusual components (was thoroughly disappointed in Venice at the plethora of Chinese made articles being sold as being made in Venice and Murano).

Our current itinerary (not yet fixed in concrete - but the flight in and out will be booked in two days) is:

5/4/2016 Melbourne – Rome via Dubai or Abu Dhabi (21+ hours)
6/4 - Rome (3 hour lay over) – Palermo (via Alitalia).
7/4 - Palermo (getting over jet lag)
8/4 - Palermo - Bagheria (Villa Palagonia) and Cefalu (by train) - Palermo
9/4 - Palermo
10/4 - Palermo
11/4 - Palermo - Monreale- Palermo
12/4 - Palermo - Trapani (by bus)
13/4- Trapani - Erice and Segesta (by funicular and/or bus).
14/4 - Trapani(collect AutoEurope car(either Fiat 500X or Alpha Giuletta) from airport) - Marsala-
Salt flats -Selinute – Agrigento
15/4- Agrigento - Valle dei Templi
16/4 –Agrigento- Enna- Piazza Armerina- Caltagirone
17/4 – Caltagirone - Ragusa Ilba
18/4 – Ragusa Ilba- Modica- Sicili -Noto
19/4 – Noto -
20/4 – Noto - Syracuse (Ortigia)
21/4 – -Syracuse/Ortigia
22/4 - Ortigia
23/4 – Ortigia - Catania (return car at airport and take taxi into town)
24/4 - Catania –
25/4 - Catania - Mt Etna – tour
25/4 - Catania - Taormina (Liberation Day – holiday)
26/4 - Taormina/Messina/Milazzo –(by train?) - Hydrofoil to Lipari
27/4 - Lipari
28/4 – Lipari – (Volcano) – Lipari
29/4 - Lipari - Stromboli (walk partway up the volcano or boat trip (evening only) if volcano is erupting)
30/4 - Stromboli –Palermo (Hydrofoil) – Rome (plane)?
1/5 - Rome (stay near Villa Borghese) Baptist Church service (May Day holiday)
2/5 - Rome – Villa Borghese
3/5 - Rome – Trinita Dei Monti convent frescoes and sundial. Afternoon - Spanish Steps area
4/5 – Rome – Colloseum – Underground Tour
5/5 – Rome - Ostia Antica
6/5 – Rome
7/5 – Rome
8/5 – Rome
9/5 – Rome
10-5 – Rome - Melbourne
Questions in the next post.

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