I know that sounds funny, and obviously, it's an inconvenient base, but my husband will be there for five nights for work, and so that's my base. I will have some time for exploring on my own. We will have come from 3 nights in Siracuse, 1 night in Piazza Armerina, and then 3 nights in Scopello (base for Zingaro, Palermo and Segesta). Vagabonda kindly helped us figure out the best way to arrange that part of our trip, and we're very excited. But now I am wondering what I can do on my own from Erice, without a car. Is mid-May an ok time to visit the Egadi islands as a day trip? Is it possible to see the Grotta del Genovese? In different places I have read that it is now closed to visitors. I think I can spend one day exploring Trapani and another on the islands, but I am not sure what else might work. Thanks!