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Sicily-9 days- low key trip

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We are a family of 4 with two teenagers (15-boy, 17-girl). We are planning a trip to Sicily for 9 days and are a bit conflicted about what to see and do. Will be flying into Palermo and departing from Catania (most likely). The must-see's on our list include: Palermo, Cefalu, Lipari, Etna, and a small town on the west side of Mt. Etna that my husband's family is from. Our 15 year old would rather hike, bike, and swim than see historical sights/ruins, and my daughter, while interested in the local culture, wants a "beach" vacation. Any suggestions on balancing sightseeing/history/culture with active outdoor activities and relaxing on the beach? On our last trip to Italy, we had spent 6 days in Rome, 3 in Positano, and 1 in Naples and the kids felt that it was too much touring/running around - we saw a lot, but I agree, it was too hectic and busy-definitely not a "vacation". They want to do something more low key. We are definitely more "outdoorsy" than museum people and want to get a feel for the local culture and enjoy good food.

Our first pass at the itinerary had us spending 2 nights in Palermo, 1 in Cefalu, 3 in Lipari, and 3 near Mt. Etna. But the more I think about it, I'm not sure I want to spend more than a day in Palermo. So second pass: 3 nights in Cefalu (day 1-2 in Cefalu recovering from overseas travel, day 3 hire guide/driver to take us to Palermo for the day), 3 nights in Lipari (2 full days exploring the island, light hiking, snorkeling) and 3 nights in Etna (Trip up Mt Etna one day, one day visiting Taormina, ruins, beach or another hike). Any thoughts? Is there somewhere else other than Cefalu? Would you go to Taormina or do something else on the last day in the Mt. Etna area? Any suggestions of hotels/b&b's and tour companies that would pick us up in Cefalu and take us around Palermo? What are the must sees in Palermo if only one day.

Or, would you change the trip completely and visit the other side of Sicily?
Thanks!

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