Good morning Vagabonda,
I have worked on my itinerary this weekend and this is what I have come up with.
Day 1-day 2 Fly into Palermo, rent a car to drive to Monreale to see the Abbey. Continue to Segesta to see the temple. Continue on toe Erice and spend one night here.
Day 2 Visit Tapania and then drive to Marsala to visit a winery. Continue driving to Selinute to see the temple. Continue on to Sciacca then on to Agrigento and spend the night here.
Day 3 Finish looking around Agrigento and then drive to Piazza Amerina and visit the Villa Romana del Casa. Drive to Ragusa and see the Rugusa Ibla. Then drive to Syrasuse.
Day 4-5 Spending time in Syracusa and doing day trips in that area.
Day 6 Drive to Taormina and either see Mt Etna that day or the following day.
Day 8-10 Ferry over to the Aeolina islands for 3 days to see Vulcano and Lipari.
Day 11 Come back to Catania and stay here near the airport for the flight back on day 12.
1. Once we get to Syracuse should we turn in the rental car and use the bus system as we will not need it on the islands?
2. Would staying in Messina over Taormina be a better idea?
3. To get to the islands is Messina or Milazzo better?
4. Another web site suggested Oct was not a good time to go to the Aeolina islands due to weather. Is that true?
5.If we do go to Aelina islands should we stay both nights at one hotel and then ferry to the other island?
That is all the questions for now. Thanks for your help.