I would appreciate any insights into the countryside and beaches in the southeast of Sicily (Ragusa, Noto, Syracuse) versus the northwest of Sicily (Trapani, Zingaro preserve, Scopello, Segesta).
We will spend 10 days in Sicily, and prefer the undiscovered areas of a country (have traveled in Crete, Sardinia and Apulia with great success, avoiding industrial blight and large amounts of tourists). We like wine and good food, and travel with two children. We prefer to stay in farm-houses with pools and travel to various areas by car. Good beaches are important to us; we do not like large commercialized beaches, and have high standards for cleanliness and beauty, having swum at so many truly beautiful beaches.
We plan to visit Mt. Etna, Taormina, and Monreale of course, but I can't quite decide which of those two areas (NW vs. SE) are more suited to our likes. I'm thinking that we probably don't have time to do it all. I know the Baroque towns in the SE are beautiful; is the countryside pretty as well?
Thanks so much for any advice that you might have.