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Sicily itinerary: feedback and guide recommendations

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We leave for Sicily in 3 weeks. Very excited since this is my first trip there, despite having traveled to Italy frequently. Here is our itinerary: (we are picking up a rental car at the airport in Catania and will return it to the Palermo airport Fri evening and take the shuttle into Palermo so we don't have to worry about the car in the city)

Sat. 4 pm – arrival in Catania, drive to Taormina – Hotel Villa Schuler.
Sun – Taormina sightseeing & overnight
Mon – drive to Ortigia/Siracusa via Etna
Etna: drive to Rifugio della sapienza and buy tickets to visit top
Tues-Wed visit Ortigia/Siracusa, possible half day trip to Noto or other nearby town?
Thurs: Ortigia – Agrigento with stops in Caltagirone & Villa Romana del Casale
Fri: visit Valley of the Temples, drive to Palermo to drop off car at airport & shuttle to Palermo hotel.
Saturday: Palermo sighteeing
Sunday: depart Palermo

I have a few questions:
1) If we would like to see Monreale should we do it on the same day we do the Valley of the Temples, before returning the car to Palermo airport or on our one day in Palermo? (assuming it will take about half the day by the time we get the public bus there)
2) Does anyone have suggestions for guides (1/2 day) for Ortigia, Valley of the Temples, or Palermo?
I tried to email Rosa Rizza but she didn't respond. Is it possible to get guides at the local tourist office?
3) Any nice places to take a walk or hike near Siracusa?

And I would be interested in any tips or suggestions.

Grazie!

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