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Inhabitants in 1991: 5.464

The municipal territory of Vernio extends for 63,28 square kilometres in the Valley of the Bisenzio in low, medium and high hills. The municipality had its origins as a feudal centre and has maintained in time its aspect of a sparse municipality, reaching its present day aspect in 1984 with the aggregation of two areas removed from the municipality of Barberino di Mugello.

In ancient times it was an Etruscan settlement and then a Roman Colony, it probably takes its name from the encampment of the Roman militia directed in Gallia who had wintered there. At the end of the X century the Vernio territory was the dominion partly of the Cadolingi Counts di Fucecchio and partly of the Counts Alberti di Prato, the latter inheriting it fully at the beginning of the XII century. In 1164 in an investiture certificate conceded to the Alberto degli Alberti Counts, Emperor Federico Barbarosso officially instituted Vernio as feudal destined to remain autonomous for nearly seven centuries. The Alberti maintained possession until 1322 when they sold it to the Fiorentini Palla Strossi and Chiavello Machievelli for 10,000 florins: the purchase was in fact made on behalf of Piero di Gualterotto dei Bardi, who installed his Lordship on the land in 1336, in 1355 Emperor Carlo IV conferred, strictly according to the law, the name of Imperial Vicars of Vernio on the Fiorentina family dei Bardi. Vernio remained their Lordship during various events and with a not florid standard of living, until September 1797 when it was annexed to the republic Cisalpina installed by Napoleone and united to the departmental administration of Bologna. The Vienna Congress in 1815 established that Vernio should be part of the Grand Duchy of Toscana. During the last war the territory was crossed by the Gothic Line, which brought destruction and mourning for the population, who actively participated in the Liberation struggle.

Historical info reproduced upon authorization of Regione Toscana - Dipartimento della Presidenza E Affari Legislativi e Giuridici
Translated by Ann Mountford

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