We previously had a brilliant trip to Sicily a few years ago, where we travelled along the north and east coasts, including stopping off at Cefalu, Taormina and Siracusa. We liked Palermo, weren't at all fans of Taormina, but fell in love with Siracusa and so would definitely like to return there, as well as exploring some of the rest of the south eastern region which we didn't see at all.
At the moment we're thinking the following:
3 nights - Stay in Ragusa/Modica/Noto (and visit the other two places-also is Scicli worth a look?)
2 nights - Possibly relax in an agriturismo in the countryside or in a coastal town such as Marzamemi or Marina di Ragusa (hopefully there will still be some good weather to be enjoyed!). i have heard mixed things about Mandranova and it's a bit far so if anyone has any other great agriturismo tips, that'd be great.
2 nights - Stay in Siracusa
1 night - nearish Palermo airport but not necessarily in Palermo (as we're flying earlyish)
Although last time we didn't get a car and it worked out pretty well for us, we're thinking of getting a car this time to give us more flexibility. For example we didn't see Noto last time from Siracusa so must do this!
We would be very grateful for:
- feedback on our proposed itinerary (e.g. do you think the time is split well? will all the coastal towns have basically shut down by then? Is my husband's idea to stay in Marzamemi a bit random?!)
- suggestions of places to stay. We're planning on mid-range B&Bs mostly (say €60-90 or so) although could be tempted by a nicer place for one of our stops. We loved L'Approdo delle Sirene last time in Siracusa but wouldn't mind trying somewhere new but equally friendly and small, nicely furnished and with delicious food! Also, has anyone stayed at or can recommend Casa Talia in Modica? Both of these are at the top end of our budget but we can stay in the one or two nice places as we will be celebrating our wedding anniversary after all.
- amazing places to eat! (We love seafood as well as local Sicilian places). We are thinking of checking out Regina Lucia in Siracusa as a treat but more local and low key places in the areas would be very welcome too as we'll probably be staying in b and bs not self catering.
Thanks very much in advance and looking forward to hearing from Vagabonda in particular-your tips last time made our stay unforgettable!