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Help with another Sicily itinerary (15 nights)

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I see that dchal09 has just posted a somewhat similar question, and I will be watching responses to his itinerary with great interest. However, we don't have the same desire to include scuba or as much of an interest in hiking.

We will be visiting Sicily for 15 nights in late Sept. to early October and are trying to settle on an itinerary so we can start making hotel and car rental reservations. We have been benefitting tremendously from the wonderful trip reports on this forum.

Please let me know if you have any suggested changes or comments. I have also asked some questions at the end about things that we are struggling with. I realize that this may look like we are trying to see too much in two weeks, but we tend to not be as slow travelers as perhaps we should be.

Saturday: Arrive at Catania airport from U.S. (via Paris and Rome) at 4 PM. Go to Taormina for the night (probably car service).

Sunday: Taormina

Monday: Travel to Ortigia (probably by train)

Tuesday: Ortigia

Wednesday: Ortigia

Thursday: Pick up rental car and drive to Modica, perhaps via Noto; stay in Modica

Friday: Day trip to Noto if did not go on Thursday, and/or Vendicari and/or Ragusa; stay in Modica

Saturday: depart early for Villa Romana; after visiting Villa Romana, drive to Agrigento, possibly with stop in Enna if we have time (see temples lit up in Agrigento)

Sunday: Visit temples in Agrigento; then drive to Selinunte/Menfi area. Use that as base for day trip(s) on following day(s), staying at either Villa Sogno or La Foresteria Planeta.

Monday: Stay in Selinunte/Menfi area; day trip to Selinunte archeological site, Mazara, Sciacca (?)

Tuesday: Day trip to Trapani, Erice, and Segesta (or better to move to a hotel in Trapani or Erice?)

Wednesday: Drive to Palermo and drop off rental car

Thursday: Palermo, including Monreale

Friday: train to Cefalu for half day, stay in Palermo

Saturday: bus from Palermo to Catania; stay close to airport for very early Sunday departure

Sunday: depart for U.S. from Catania airport

4 additional questions:

--This itinerary does not include going to Aeolian or Egadi Islands. Do you think that is a mistake?

--This itinerary does not include a visit to Mt. Etna, which I sense is a controversial topic. On balance we are not convinced that we would enjoy going up there all that much, and would be just as happy seeing it from afar (weather permitting). Do you think that would be a big mistake?

--Do you think we would be better off picking up the rental car at Catania Airport and driving to Taormina and then to Siracusa, rather than picking up the car in Siracusa? Or picking up the car in Siracusa? If we picked up the car earlier, would you recommend seeing anything between Taormina and Siracusa?

--This itinerary does not allow for driving through Madonie. Do you think we should drive to Madonie and Cefalu on Wednesday before dropping the car off in Palermo, rather than taking the train to Cefalu?

Thanks!

Len

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