Still working on what to see and do but do have itinerary outline. Welcome any particular places not to be missed. have spent many hours reading advice and trip reports. I do know we're missing Taormina and Etna. We particularly like architecture, history,,markets, wine and food..and time to just sit. We're not beach people. As we will have a driver I'm hoping/ expecting that he'll have some recommendations for places to stop and I know we're just doing a "drive by" in a way and missing big chunks of Sicily but this is what we have so far. Appreciate all the help from everyone on the forum. Especially find Trip reports useful as they give a sense of the time required for various places.
Day 1 Palermo arrive at hotel by about 2 pm. Hotel Porta Felice
Hoping to book Stanze al Genio museum for late afternoon.will simply do a short walk in the area as well. trying to book L'Ottava Nota for dinner
Day 2 Morning-1/2 day walking tour booked with Conchita Vecchio
Evening Opera, Barber of Seville..late supper after opera.. not sure.. do we need to prebook something or can we find a light supper near the Theatre?
Day 3 Morning pick up by driver from New Travel Services drive to Planeta Winery at Ulmo do tasting drive to Mandranova Olive Orchard.. 4 pm cooking class o/n Mandranova
Day 4 Visit Valley of the Temples.. have allowed full day for this hope to stop along the coast on drive back to Mandranova o/n Mandranova
Day 5 leave Mandranova visit Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone arrive 4-5 pm in Modica 3 nights here Palazzo Failla Hotel
Day 6 visit Ragusa and Modica
Day 7 country side in area hope to do wine tour at COS or tour/dinner at Gulfi still sorting
Day 8 Transfer to Siracusa stop in Nota along the way for visit.. end of driver services
afternoon in Oritiga stay at b&b la Via della Giudecca 3 nights
day 9 Siracusa archeological sights ..expect to get a guide.. for 1/2 day. Do we do this onsite or should we prearrange?
Day 10 Ortigia
Day 11 early transfer to Catania fly to Naples
thanks in advance for any recommendations ideas. Esepcially looking for restaurants in Modica and oritiga. Not Michelin but good local food.
Thank you to all.. getting excited about our trip as we leave soon!