Duomo di Siracusa, Ortigia, Siracusa
The Duomo at Siracusa was such a beatiful example of the seamless welding together of two histories. You can see the remains of the Doric columns which have been worked into the walls of the modern cathedral in a peripeteral style. I loved the contradiction between the ancient history and the baroque architecture in this cathedral. It seemed to capture for me the nature of Sicily as a series of contradictions, with roots of its culture from ancient Greeks, Arabs, Normans, and the Catholic church, the dominance of each culture fluctuating over the centuries to leave behind a breathtaking tapestry of values and artistic styles that have now blended together into a truly Sicilian cultural identity.