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.

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
Location of Vernio
Vernio is located in Italy
Location of Vernio in Italy
Vernio is located in Tuscany
Vernio (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 44°3′N 11°9′E / 44.050°N 11.150°E / 44.050; 11.150
ProvincePrato (PO)
FrazioniCavarzano, Costozze, Le Confina, Mercatale Vernio, Montepiano, Risubbiani, San Quirico (communal capital), Sant'Ippolito, Sasseta, Terrigoli
 • MayorGiovanni Morganti (Partito Democratico)
 • Total63.3 km2 (24.4 sq mi)
278 m (912 ft)
 (30 April 2015)[3]
 • Total6,054
 • Density96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0574
Patron saintSt. Leonard of Noblac
Saint day6 November
Abbey in Montepiano
War memorial park of gothic line in La Torricella between Celle (Vernio) and Mangona (Barberino di Mugello)


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.

On June 7, 1944, an American B-25J mitchell bomber was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire over the hills of Vernio. With four 1,000 pound bombs on board, the plane erupted and crashed in the Carbonale woods, in Poggiole, Vernio. Six of the seven men on board perished. The sole survivor parachuted out of the plane and hid in the mountains before making it back to allied lines in Florence three months later. The fallen crew were buried in the cemetery in Montepiano shortly after the crash, their final resting place at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, USA.

In the winter of 2013, the pilot's military tag was found in the woods, and brought to the local museum. The museum hosts an exhibit of the B-25J mitchell consisting of parts of the plane found through metal detecting and also donated by locals. A monument at the crash site was built by the museum and unveiled at the 70th anniversary memorial event on June 7, 2014. A book was written about the crew and events surrounding the incident, presented at the city hall in downtown Vernio also on 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)
  • Mercatale with the Vernio-Cantagallo-Montepiano train station
  • Sant 'Ippolito (with a nice parish church)


Main sightsEdit

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


  • 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


  • La Torricella
  • Alpe in cavarzano


  • 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 feast in Montepiano, August
  • Commemoration of the threshing of the wheat and spelt in Cavarzano, 31 July
  • Montepiano Country, 23 July
  • Xtreme Valley Vernio, last weekend of June

Twin townsEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Vernio at Wikimedia Commons