We are arriving into Catania Feb. 18 at 2 pm and renting a car for $158 for the week. We plan to spend two nights in Taormina with one day trip to Mt. Etna. Should we drive to Mt Etna on our own and sip some of the wine at its base or should we take a tour. Isn't half the cost of the tour transportation? Our third night is in Syracusa, fourth night in Regusa, fifth and 6th nights in Cefalu and flying out of Palermo 5 pm on 7th day. We love food and wine so would like to see some wineries and taste the wine. Do wineries charge for tastings like they do in the US? Tasting and lunch would be fun. We did that in Tuscany years ago. Where do you recommend and what town?
Should we take the train from Catania to Taormina and pick up a car in Taormina? I guess that depends if we drive ourselves to Mt. Etna. Should we cancel our second night in Taormina and drive to Syracusa from Mt Etna or drive back to Taormina for the night, and leave for Syracusa in the am.
What is to see in each of these towns and is there anything to do or see in Palermo the day we leave? Or should we visit a different town?
Thanks for all help and suggestions.