Isnello is a quaint Sicilian village located in the
Madonie Mountains of north-central Sicily. Isnello clings to a large rock
in the middle of a gorge surrounded by high limestone walls. Its narrow
streets reveal a medieval layout, typical of Sicily's history.
The Road to Isnello from Collesano, Sicily
The caves around Isnello have been inhabited since
prehistoric times. The name is said to be a derivation of the Arabic 'Hassin',
meaning cold water, and the name given by the Arabs to the local river,
now known as the Asine. The original nucleus of the town is the site on
which now stand the ruins of the castle. The castle, standing above Piazza
Mazzini dates from the 13th century, however it had previously been a Greek
and Arabic settlement. Records have been found of an Arabic settlement
here called Menzil Al Hamar. From the 15th century, the town began to expand
towards the east and south east along what is now known as Corso Vittorio
The heart of the little village is Piazza Mazzini just
below the castle and where the Mother Church, dedicated to St Nicholas,
the patron saint of Isnello, was founded in 14th century.
During the Arab presence Isnello, whose name was "Menzil
al Himar", was part of Val Demone.
The Road to Isnello from Piano Battaglia