Province of Prato, Tuscany, Italy
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)
The Rocca di Vernio
The Vernio Valley
It borders them
Luciana di Verrio
San Quirico di Vernio
Sant'Ippolito di Vernio
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
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
Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernio