Following the request from Vagabonda, she is awesome and promptly replied to my questions. I am posting here for everyone's awareness:
My wife and I are visiting Palermo during early October and would love to explore around the island for as much as possible; we will be there fore 10 Days and I'm curious to know what is your advice to get around the city and the island in general. We would like to experience other places besides Palermo. We are thinking about hitting Bagheria, Catania or depending where destiny takes us. Should we rent a car or rely on Public transport? I read public transportation is not very reliable so I want the advice from a local. Thanks for your time.