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2 wks in Sicily - Planning for May 2016

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I'm planning a 14-night trip to Sicily for the last 2 weeks of May 2016. I haven't yet bought my tickets, but I'm currently thinking of flying into Catania and out of Palermo. As others have said, planning a 2 weeks in Sicily is hard with so many choices.

We are 60s, moderately active, and our interests are in really getting a feel for the cross-cultural influences on the island over the centuries. That means seeing the major architectural sites (Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento) and of course, Villa Romana is essential. We enjoy the usual suspects - scenic vistas, good food (but not looking for high end places), comfortable hotels/B&Bs, with the emphasis on the interpersonal connections. We usually mix up our accommodations with a few "nicer" hotels (usually in the middle range of whatever the going rates are) and guest houses/B&Bs.

We'd rather do a 1-night stay in a location than do a long day trip (ie, staying in Piazza Armerina is preferable to driving to Villa Romans for 1 1/2 hrs r/t from another location). Consequently, we will likely end up doing several 1-night stays to see all the sights. It's not my ideal, but I'm just starting out in the planning, so suggestions are most welcome. I would like to visit 1-2 of the Baroque towns, but not sure to do it as a day trip from Ortygia or as a sleepover. I'm also taking very seriously the idea that we don't stop anywhere with our luggage unless it can be safely stored. We have traveled many times and stopped along the road for sightseeing with our luggage in the car, but I'm going to play it cautiously here and avoid doing this.

So far, my traveling plans eliminate Taormina. Though it's very beautiful, I know, I'm not keen on staying in one of the heavily touristed cities and it doesn't flow well into an itinerary.

So, very initial plans: I'm looking at flying out of NYC on May 14, arriving Catania on Saturday, May 15. Returning from Palermo on Sunday, May 29. Tentative itinerary for 14 nights:
Ortygia - 3 nights (possible day trip to Baroque town(s) or...
Modica - 1 night
Piazza Armerina - 1 night (Villa Romana)
Agrigento - 1 night (Valley of the Temples) - stay in an agriturismo stay?
Selinunte - 2 nights (want to stay in Villa Sogno; see Selinunte, relax)
Erice - 1 night
Scopello - 2 nights (see Segesta, walk through Zingaro Nature preserve; stay at Pension Tranchina)
Palermo - 3 nights (visit Monreale, possible day trip to Cefalu)

I welcome suggestions on where I can consolidate the trip and recommendations for hotels/agriturismos/B&Bs are most welcome!

My inclination to consolidate would be to eliminate Scopello, as long as we do visit Segesta -- a must see. I could also see a 1-night stay at Selinunte, so where would you add the day? I think the 1-night at Piazza Armerina is a must so that we can see Villa Romana, unless you have a recommended town to visit that warrants a 2-night stay.

Feedback most welcome! And please, be gentle on me and limit the critique over 1-night stays! :)

Thanks for all your help --
Paule

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