Following the SS 121, you can visit the ethno-anthropological and heritage of the rural culture museum of the nearby Nissoria, which exhibits ancient tools used for the grain cycle, from sowing to harvest, from grinding to prepare the pasta: tools precursors of modern appliances.

  • RIC_4800museo treggia
  • RIC_4814museo del contadino attrezzi
  • RIC_4856museo macchina per rifilare la pasta

The museum stands out for its rich collection and faithful reproduction of areas dedicated to ancient crafts, realized in every detail: the workshops of the shoemaker, the cheesemaker, the barber, producers of oil and wine. A room reproduces faithfully the house of a farmer from 1900.
Another area, however, is dedicated to the ancient games, some of which, now abandoned.
It exposed a jar high m.1.60 found on private property in the district Manca di Pomo, and near the site of the old farmhouse Nysura that, in Greco-Roman era, was probably used for food storage.

  • RIC_4821museo cont Bisacca
  • RIC_4843museo contadino maidda per impastare il pane
  • RIC_4845museo cont giare in vetro e in terracotta
  • RIC_4849museo cont attrezzi per il casaro
  • RIC_4851antichi campanari bestiame
  • RIC_4873museo braciere
  • RIC_4894museo cont ceramica
  • RIC_4903museo rirpoduzione casa contadina
  • RIC_4918museo attrezzi fabbro

Historical notes

The history of Nissoria rooted in sec. VII, as in Contrada Torre, marked just by a tower, it was the ancient Nysura, a colony that was founded by people of Eastern origin that brought the cult of St. Gregory, Patriarch of the Armenians, the protector of Nissoria until 1855, the year which the Bishop of the Diocese of Nicosia, Mons. Milana, decided to replace it with St. Joseph, to whom he dedicated the local church.
Not surprisingly, staying on the subject of grain, the festivities take place at the saint on the first Sunday of August, not March 19, as they coincide with the end of the work on the fields.
Moreover, given that the dates are conventional signs, calendars Copts, of VIII-IX century, testify to the party on 20 July, but Menology of Basil II puts in December 25 in connection with the Magi. (Reference: Msgr. Maurizio Barba, The cult of St. Joseph in the tradition of the church)

Although the Enna area is considered the land of Ceres, the century in question would not have allowed to worship cults different from the Christian religion.
Therefore, St. Joseph, as well as being the patron saint of carpenters, so is the family men, artisans and workers, but also of the pioneers, the homeless, and related pawnbroking. That of St. Joseph is a symbolism based on the figure carrying the family and society, the father also in the economic sense.

In 1953, in the district Torre, were found important remains of fortifications dating back to the thirteenth century. and prestigious exhibits of Byzantine gold VI – VII century. The Tower, now a symbol of the local museum, located in the homonymous district, is one kilometer from the today Nissoria and presents the remains of a wall structure, once, in defense of the country.

With the advent of Frederick II, began the economic development of Nissoria also through the official recognition of the noble Casati to whom it was granted possession and privileges on 24 fiefdoms, homonymous “Noble Barony” and the farmhouse Nysura, whose name will be transformed over the centuries in Nissoria. 1746 was the year of the founding of New Nissoria, by the noble family Ventimiglia Moncada Aragona, against the wishes of the nobles of the neighboring cities, as a economic and demographic threat. The new Nissoria, in fact, was founded according to feudal rules, which provided benefits to those who established themselves.

Despite this, the House succeeded in doing, because the country served and serves as a crossroads, allowing, in any direction, movement of goods and animals for transhumance.

A Nissoria you can book tours and excursions in the neighboring countries, routes of taste, organized by Pro loco and the B&B San Giuseppe.



Contrada Favara, Nissoria (EN)
Tel. +39 0935 640390
GPS 37° 43’32,658” N 14°27’14,751” E


Contrada Basciana, Nissoria (EN)
tel. 0935.640275 – 320.9011669
GPS 37°26’33.0″N 14°17’35.6″ E

B&B San Giuseppe

via San Giuseppe, 7 – cell 3314754780 – 3881106357 –
Latidudine: 37°39’17.42″ North – Longitudine: 14°26’58.05″East

Strutture di ristorazione


V. Moncada s.n.- tel: 0935 660145,329 9513360


Contrada Croce – 94010 Nissoria (EN)
tel: 0935 669449,0935 669599

Getting here

from Catania A19 direzione Palermo, uscire allo svincolo per Agira, proseguire per la SS.121 dir. Enna-Palermo.

Airport Fontanarossa- take the 4th exit: SP70 direction: MESSINA -TANGENZIALE West- PALERMO-CATANIA – Follow directions: E932 – A19 – Palermo-Catania-E45 – A18 – Messina CATANIA tangential.- Continue on E45 / tangential of Catania-932 and follow -A19 direction Palermo- exit and follow signs to Agira Nicosia- Agira- Gagliano- Continue on SP21- cross Agira – Take SS121 and enter in Nissoria

from Palermo by car A19 towards Catania, exit at Mulinello, continue for Leonforte and take the SS.121 for Nissoria.
Airport Falcone Borsellino – follow the motorway Palermo-Catania: E90- A29- A19 – exit at Mulinello and turn left into the SP 7A- Nissoria- direction and then the SS 121.

Festivals and fairs in Nissoria

Feast of St. Joseph

First Sunday in August
Feast days: Sunday and Monday

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