We (a couple) will be driving down from the Amalfi coast on Day 1 and are hoping to stay in the Madonie for our first two nights on Sicily then on to Noto for the next two nights, and ending our Sicilian holiday with one night in Taormina before returning our rental car at the Catania airport early on day 6. We fly to Rome's Fiumicino airport and then home to Canada on a flight at 1:15 pm.
I have to admit that this schedule breaks my trip-planning 'rule' of staying a minimum of two nights in any location, but I also am concerned to be a short distance/drive time to the airport, which is why I chose Taormina for our last night. Taormina comes highly recommended as a very beautiful town "not to be missed".
My questions are:
1. Any comments on our itinerary?
2. We love natural beauty and history (and great food and wine) and are willing to be adventurous. What should we plan for our time in these locations? We have sea kayaked in several areas of the world and it would be fun to do a short jaunt off Sicily if it didn't take up too much of our time.
3. What would be the best route to drive from the Madonie to Siracusa on Day 3?
5. For the life of me I can't find the thread where Vagabonda talked about the beautiful drives in the Madonie, as well as places to stay and eat. I would love to revisit that one - and possibly get an update!
Thanks for any help you may offer!