3 week itinerary help!
We are arriving in Sicily on Sept 24 and will have 22 days to explore! After reading a lot, we have the following tentative itinerary with some questions:
TRAPANI/WESTERN SICILY area for 3-4 days
Drive to AGRIGENTO for the temples - stay 1 overnight in the area
SYRACUSA/ORTIGIA 5 days
So far, this is 17-18 nights.
Here’s where it gets complicated:
We want to explore and hike around Mt. Etna and at this point we will be into the second week of October (weather?). Ideally, Syracusa would be our last spot so that we can give up our rental car when we arrive there and then take public transport to Catania to fly out. How should we incorporate seeing Mt. Etna into this itinerary?
We are interested in exploring some less-traveled, "hidden gems" (Vagabonda, we loved your piece about the hidden gems in the area around Val de Noto) and would like to have more of this than our time basing in Monica. Would you recommend adding some time in central regions? Could this be combined somehow with Mr. Etna?
As we have not bought plane tickets from Rome to Sicily yet, we could reverse this itinerary or change anything according to your feedback. We do wonder if ending in the Southeast would be more relaxing than returning home from Palermo.
Once we get these basics down, we’ll have a few specific questions about the regions we are visiting.
Thanks so much!