Vagabonda, I have addressed this question to you as you have been so important and instrumental in helping with my planning. I have listed my final travel plans and ask for any thoughts or input you may wish to offer. I do use the word "final" loosely as all travel is a work in progress not only before, but even during a trip. At any rate, here's my plan:
We fly into Palermo on Sept. 5 -- bus to town and stay at Hotel Borsa for two nights. Planning on 1 1/2 days walking to various sights - notably walking tour of the Piazza Marina; tour the Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri. Continue on down to the waterfront; stop at Palazzo Mirto and San Francesco d’Assisi; Oratorio del Rosario di San Domenico; Museo Archeologico Regionale (visiting here is a must if open); Mercato della Vucciria; Teatro Massimo (tour if possible); Piazza Quattro Canti and the Fontana Pretoria; the La Martorana church; Chiesa del Gesu and the church San Cataldo; Piazza della Vittoria; the Palazzo del Normanni--the Cappella Palatina is within it (must see!) Also Monument to Phillip V and the Cathedral.
Sept. 7 - take bus to airport and get rental car. Drive to Segesta and tour site (I'm aware of left luggage problem-I plan to bicycle-chain it to the car in the trunk and hope for the best). After Segesta, continue drive to Selinunte and stay at Il Tempio di Hera for two nights. Late evening self tour of Selinunte.
Sept. 8 -- early morning tour of Selinunte, then drive to Scicca for the day - just wandering around. Return to Tempio di Hera for evening.
Sept. 9 Drive to Agrigento -- in afternoon tour the Valley ot the Temples - plan to stay until sunset. If get to Agrigento early enough, will tour the Archaeological Museum. Stay the night at Camera con Vista in Agrigento.
Sept. 10 -- visit old town of Agrigento in the morning. Then drive to Piazza Armerina -staying one night at La Casa Sulla Collina d'Oro. Afternoon visit and tour of Villa Romana del Casale.
Sept. 11 -- drive to Siracusa -- may visit Morgantina if time permits. Will return car in Siracusa on arrival or next morning.
Sept. 11-14 --- three nights in Siracusa at Apartment Duomo (located off Piazza Duomo). First day visit the Archaeological Park and Museum. Remaining time spent just wandering and eating in Ortigia. Also plan for boat trip around island.
Sept. 14 -- take bus or train to Catania -- leave luggage at Catania train station and spend 3-5 hours visiting sights in Catania (Piazza del Duomo, the Duomo, S. Nicolò l’Arena, Castello Ursino, Pescheria– not to be missed!). Then take the bus from Catania to Taormina and stay for three nights at Residence degli Agrumi.
Sept. 15 & 16 --- wandering and eating in Taormina.
Sept. 17 -- private transfer to Catania airport with New Travel Services. Fly to Naples (.....trip continues).
Well, that's my plan. Vagabonda, you have been instrumental in helping to develop this plan. Sometimes directly and often through posts I read that you sent other people. So thank you again. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have and especially any thoughts about problems you may see in my plan. Thanking you in advance.