Isnello is a little medieval village around 10 km (6 miles) north west of Castelbuono still in the Madonie territory. The name of the village probably
has origin from
Syrian hassin, Punic hassinor or Greek asines which all are significative something like useful waters and there is a
stream just outside Isnello. The village is places in between the mountains and when you drive along the road from Castelbuono - suddenly Isnello is there
with a cliff at the back just
in front of you.
The village has around 2000 inhabitants and it is a quiet place with animal farming in the surrounding countryside as the main income. At previous times it was a lively place with lots of workshops making bells for the towers and blowing glass. And weaving in the homes as it used to be in Scotland was also a way to make a living in Sicily. Today Isnello still has a reputation for beautiful crocheted laces and embroderies.
The artist Pietro Giambelluca lives and works in the village and has made the statue of bronze 'Madre Madonita' one can see pictured. A former mayor of New York, Vincenzo Impellitteri, also has origin in Isnello.
From the pace with ruins of the castle there is a breath-taking view of the village.
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