Vernio, (Prato)
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, with a pupulation of 6.095.HistoryVernio'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.GeographyVernio 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 stationSant 'Ippolito (with a nice parish church)VillagesCavarzanoCelle di VernioCeraioCostozzeGavazzoliGorandaccioLa Rocca di VernioLa StoraiaLa Valle di VernioLe ConfinaLuciana di VerrioMercatale Di VernioMontepianoPoggioleSan Quirico di VernioSant'Ippolito di VernioSassetaSegalariTerrigoliMain sightsThe main sight is the Abbey of Santa Maria (11th century), at Montepiano, housing 13th-century frescoes.ChurchesMontepiano abbeySant'Agata chapel in La RoccaEx oratory of the company of Jesus in Sant'IppolitoMadonna della Neve in SassetaSan Pietro in CavarzanoSantuario di Sant'Antonio Maria PucciSan Bartolomeo in CostozzeSan Martino in LucianaSan Michele in SassetaSan Niccolò oratory in San QuiricoSan Quirico e Leonardo in San QuiricoSant'Antonio da Padova in MercataleSant'Ippolito e Cassiano in Sant'IppolitoSanta Maria in MontepianoNatureLa TorricellaAlpe in cavarzanoFeastsFeast of polenta San Quirico, 26 FebruaryCarnival in Sant'Ippolito Sant'Ippolito, 22 FebruarySan Giuseppe feast San Quirico, MayMadonna delle Neve feast in Sasseta, AugustRificolona fest in Montepiano, AugustCommemoration of the threshing of the wheat and spelled in cavarzano, 31 JulyMontepiano Country, 23 JulyTwin towns Senones, France Jettingen, Germany Marchin, BelgiumReferencesExternal links Media related to Vernio at Wikimedia CommonsOfficial website