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A predominantly mountainous area, rich in water and vegetation: the town of Vernio is the perfect destination for those looking for a little relaxation and contact with nature.

The municipal territory includes numerous hamlets: Terrigoli, Cavarzano, costozze, Le Confina, Mercatale, Vernio, Montepiano.

San Quirico is the chief town of the municipality. Here we find the Casone dei Bardi, now the municipal seat, and the Oratory of San Niccolò. Other points of interest that we point out:

- In Sant'Ippolito is the Romanesque Parish church of the Saints Ippolito and Cassiano

- in Mercatale di Vernio, in the former Meucci factory, is now housed The Museum of Textile Machines, MUMAT

- Between San Quirico and Sasseta is the complex of the Fortress of Vernio, now private property

- In Montepiano is the Abbey and, near the Casa del Mulino, the Sculpture of the Sun by Bruno Saetti.

The first known settlements in the Bisenzio Valley were probably built by the Romans.

In the decade 1924-1934, the construction of the Great Tunnel of the Apennines on the Florence-Prato-Bologna direct railway line created an exceptional job opportunity for the whole valley, putting an end to the seasonal migrations in Maremma and Corsica, to which the men of the area were subjected to in order to support their families.
In the 1950s the big farms disappeared, and with them, the very idea of the peasant. Finally, major changes also occurred in the big textile factories of the valley, which closed their doors to give way to small production units.

Today Vernio is a town of 6,034 inhabitants (2021), extending over 63.28 km² and located near the great curve of the Bisenzio river, crossed  by the watershed of the Apennines.