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Help planning Sicily Itinerary

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Hi, Sicily enthusiasts. I'm hoping you can give me suggestions for refining an itinerary for a short trip my family of three will be taking there in April. We are travelling with our 15 year old son who, like his parents, enjoys experiencing other cultures, eating local food, visiting historical sites and museums, and exploring places of natural beauty. We don't tend to shop when we travel, or lay around very much. We are in Sicily for only 7 nights, so we will be cramming a lot into a short amount of time on this trip in order to see a lot of what we want to see. With that in mind, I've put together the following itinerary, realizing it is very aggressive, and not too relaxing.

April 13/14 Palermo – overnight for 2 nights (including visit by bus to Monreal on April 14)
April 15 take train or bus to Cefalu – overnight in Cefalu
April 16 – pick up rental car in Cefalu and drive to drive to Segesta and Erice, overnight Erice.
April 17 – Drive to Selinunte and Agrigento -- overnight in Agrigento
April 18 -- Drive to Ragusa then Modica; Overnight in Modica
April 19 – drive through Noto, then to Siracusa – 1 night in Siracusa
April 20 -- drive to Catania airport for 2:55 pm flight to Frankfurt, overnight Frankfurt

So, my question is, if you could cut something from this itinerary, what would it be? Should we skip the overnight in Erice or in Agrigento or Modica, and opt for spending 2 nights in another place (Syracusa/Ortigia perhaps?). And if we were to cut one or two places from this list, which would you suggest it should be -- Erice, maybe?

You will see that I haven't included Taormina. I know it is supposed to be beautiful and many people love it, but it sounds so touristy that I'm just not sure whether it is worth the effort it will take for us to include it. (We reacted so negatively to the over-touristification of Rothenburg on der Tauber when we visited Germany last summer that I am reluctant to use limited time for what may be a disappointing experience.) Please weigh in on whether Taormina is a must-see even despite these concerns.

Also, if you have stayed in any of the places on our list and have suggestions for memorable places to stay or eat that are not too expensive (we are trying to keep our accommodations under $140/night, if possible), I would appreciate your recommendations.

Many thanks!

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