Flights are booked for a female friend and I for mid June - 3.5 days/4 nights.
Taormina looks beautiful but the buses aren't regular enough from the airport and we don't want to wait more than an hour with limited time. So, Syracuse first - can I just check here and Ortigia are walkable between and around (we're fit and active) as I've seen a b&b near the bus station. We won't be in apart from to sleep so we don't need anything fancy. Secondly, as we'd only have the Saturday for etna (a must) can we book a trip on arrival into Catania for a group tour (possibly including Taormina). It's a shame we'd only have that day as we would just have to hope it'd be cloud free. we want to visit the top of the volcano and aren't bothered about wine tasting or anything on a tour. I think we can get the 8.15am bus too if needs be but can't do Taormina then. We both enjoy wandering old areas, taking pics, it's nice to be by the sea but not lie on a beach, and we enjoy a less touristy atmosphere with more reasonable priced bars and restaurants. we don't want any major nightlife and clubs but like a bit going on! We liked Portofino last year when we visited from the cinque terre but found it artificial and overpriced and were pleased we weren't staying there. I'm happy to find our hotels and check reviews, just would like help re the etna trip and if Syracuse/ortigia is walkable. Thanks for your help, sorry to waffle on.