8 days Catania/Taormina/Palermo


My girlfriend and I are planning to travel to Sicily for 8 days in the last week of September/first week of October without any car rental. We haven't booked anything so are flexible.

After reading all the helpful posts we are currently planning to fly into Catania and stay a day or two including a visit to Mt Etna. From there we are planning on taking the public bus to Taormina for a couple of days then onto Palermo via bus or train and fly out of Palermo.

Ideally we would like also go to a vineyard/wine tour and spend a day or so at some of the nice beaches we have seen on this forum.

We know that there is quite a lot to fit in a short space of time but any thoughts and recommendations would be much appreciated particularly with regards to public transport and best way to get around these locations.

Many thanks