Vernio

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Vernio
Comune
Comune di Vernio
Oratory of St.Nicholas, in the main village of San Quirico.
Oratory of St.Nicholas, in the main village of San Quirico.
Coat of arms of Vernio
Coat of arms
Vernio is located in Italy
Vernio
Vernio
Location of Vernio in Italy
Coordinates: 44°3′N 11°9′E / 44.050°N 11.150°E / 44.050; 11.150
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province / Metropolitan city Prato (PO)
Frazioni Cavarzano, Costozze, Le Confina, Mercatale Vernio, Montepiano, Risubbiani, San Quirico (communal capital), Sant'Ippolito, Sasseta, Terrigoli
Government
 • Mayor Giovanni Morganti (Partito Democratico)
Area
 • Total 63.3 km2 (24.4 sq mi)
Elevation 278 m (912 ft)
Population (30 April 2015)[1]
 • Total 6,054
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Verniatti
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 59024
Dialing code 0574
Patron saint St. Leonard of Noblac
Saint day 6 November
Abbey in Montepiano
War memorial park of gothic line in La Torricella between Celle (Vernio) and Mangona (Barberino di Mugello)

Vernio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Prato in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of Florence and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Prato.

History[edit]

Vernio's name derives from that of an ancient Roman winter camp (castra hiberna) located here. A Roman bridge existed in the area, but was destroyed during World War II.

In the 12th century it went from the Carolingians to the counts Alberti from Prato, who lived here after 1107. In the 13th century it went to the Bardi family, as the seat of a county which remained independent until 1798, when it was abolished by Napoleon. After the Congress of Vienna it was annexed to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Geography[edit]

Vernio borders the following municipalities: Barberino di Mugello, Camugnano, Cantagallo, Castiglione dei Pepoli.

The municipality of Vernio is a union of three villages:

  • San Quirico (with the town hall)
  • Mercatale with the Vernio-Cantagallo-Montepiano train station
  • Sant 'Ippolito (with a nice parish church)

Villages[edit]

Main sights[edit]

The main sight is the Abbey of Santa Maria (11th century), at Montepiano, housing 13th-century frescoes.

Churches[edit]

  • Sant'Agata chapel in La Rocca
  • Former oratory of the Company of Jesus in Sant'Ippolito
  • Madonna della Neve in Sasseta
  • San Pietro in Cavarzano
  • Sanctuary of Sant'Antonio Maria Pucci
  • San Bartolomeo in Costozze
  • San Martino in Luciana
  • San Michele in Sasseta
  • San Niccolò oratory in San Quirico
  • San Quirico e Leonardo in San Quirico
  • Sant'Antonio da Padova in Mercatale
  • Sant'Ippolito e Cassiano in Sant'Ippolito
  • Santa Maria in Montepiano

Nature[edit]

  • La Torricella
  • Alpe in cavarzano

Feasts[edit]

  • Feast of polenta at San Quirico, 26 February
  • Carnival in Sant'Ippolito at Sant'Ippolito, 22 February
  • San Giuseppe feast at San Quirico, May
  • Madonna delle Neve feast in Sasseta, August
  • Rificolona faest in Montepiano, August
  • Commemoration of the threshing of the wheat and spelled in Cavarzano, 31 July
  • Montepiano Country, 23 July
  • Xtreme Valley Vernio, last weekend of June

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

External links[edit]

Media related to Vernio at Wikimedia Commons