After checking out this board and a lot of advice and postings from Vagabonda and others (thank you!), this is our itinerary as of now.
We are middle aged, well traveled couple and have visited other regions of Italy – but never Sicily. Our dates are set by frequent flyer tickets. I will have more detailed questions about sites, etc., later – this posting is to see if my itinerary needs tweaking.
My husband likes antiquities more than I. We both really like to wander cities and countryside, see the sights and soak the experiences…..well, pretty much what other people like, too!
4 nights Naples
May 24 – fly to Palermo, 3 nights Palermo
Unfortunately, full days will be Saturday and Sunday.
May 27 - Pick up rental car 'whenever' on Monday (so we have extra time in Palermo if we want it) Vagabonda suggested picking car up at airport.
This was a hard choice. At first I wanted to base in Scopello for Western Sicily and stay at Pensione Trancino. But after reading reviews of Villa Sogno it seems like that will make even better base for this area. Plan to do day trips to Erice (probably have dinner there and see it in evening), Segesta, see the ruins at Selinunte and whatever else we want in the environs of Trapani, eg., wine tasting, olive oil tasting, etc. It could also give us a bit of a vacation feel with the garden and pool. If we stay there we may not make it to Riserva Zingara, which I was looking forward to hiking and part of what made Scopello attractive.
May 31 – Depart for Piazza Armerina.
Another tough decision. We can’t do everything and may skip Agrigento since we will see other ruins, and instead see the mosaics at Piazza Armerina. Overnight Piazza Armerina (Villa Clementine) or Caltagirone. Hopefully see mosaics afternoon of arrival and Caltagirone next day on way to Siracusa.
June 5 – return car to Catania airport for flight to Munich/LAX (or might return car in Siracusa day before and get airport transfer if possible)
Well, that's it for now. Look forward to hearing back from everyone with comments.
I'll have more specific questions later.
Thanks so much.
p.s. I may also post this on the Fodors board. While there's some overlap, there are also different folks there.