Province of Prato, Tuscany, Italy

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About Vernio

Vernio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Prato in the Italian region of Tuscany, located approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) north-west of Florence and approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Prato.


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 the Second World War.

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

On June 7, 1944, an American mitchell B-25J bomber was shot down by a German antiaircraft fire in the hills of Vernio. With four 1,000-pound bombs on board, the plane exploded and crashed in the Carbonale woods, in Poggiole, Vernio. Six of the seven men on board died. The only survivor parachuted from the plane and hid in the mountains before returning to the allied lines in Florence three months later. The fallen crew was buried in the Montepiano cemetery shortly after the accident, their last resting place in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, USA.

In the winter of 2013, the pilot's military label was found in the woods and taken to the local museum. The museum houses an exhibition of the B-25J mitchell consisting of parts of the plane found through metal detection and also donated by the locals. The museum built a monument on the crash site and unveiled at the 70th anniversary commemorative event on June 7, 2014. A book was written about the crew and the events surrounding the accident, presented at the town hall in the center of Vernio even the 70th anniversary.


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)

Market with Vernio-Cantagallo-Montepiano railway station

Sant 'Ippolito (with a beautiful parish church)



Vernio cells





The Rocca di Vernio

La Storaia

The Vernio Valley

It borders them

Luciana di Verrio

Vernio Market



San Quirico di Vernio

Sant'Ippolito di Vernio




Main attractions

The main view is the Abbey of Santa Maria (XI century), in Montepiano, which houses 13th century frescoes.


Chapel of Sant'Agata in La Rocca

Former oratory of the Society 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

Oratory of San Niccolò in San Quirico

San Quirico and Leonardo in San Quirico

Sant'Antonio da Padova in Mercatale

Sant'Ippolito and Cassiano in Sant'Ippolito

Santa Maria in Montepiano


La Torricella

Alpe a cavarzano


Polenta festival in San Quirico, 26 February

Carnival in Sant'Ippolito in Sant'Ippolito, 22 February

Feast of San Giuseppe in San Quirico, May

Feast of the Madonna delle Neve in Sasseta, August

Rificolona festival in Montepiano, August

Commemoration of the threshing of wheat and spelled in Cavarzano, 31 July

Montepiano Country, 23 July

Xtreme Valley Vernio, last weekend in June

Twin cities

Senones, France

Jettingen, Germany

Marchin, Belgium

Source: Wikipedia
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