Comune di Schio

Duomo ("Saint Peter" Church)

Schio within the Province of Vicenza

Location of Schio in Italy

Coordinates: 45°43′N 11°22′E / 45.717°N 11.367°E / 45.717; 11.367Coordinates: 45°43′N 11°22′E / 45.717°N 11.367°E / 45.717; 11.367
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province / Metropolitan city Vicenza (VI)
Frazioni Aste, Cabrelle, Giavenale, Monte Magrè, Piane, Poleo, Santa Caterina, Santa Maria, San Rocco, Sant'Ulderico, Magrè, Liviera, Cà Trenta, Ss. Trinità, Santa Croce
  Mayor Valter Orsi
  Total 67 km2 (26 sq mi)
Elevation 200 m (700 ft)
Population (December 31, 2011)
  Total 39 688
Demonym(s) Scledensi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36015
Dialing code 0445
Patron saint St. Peter
Saint day June 29
Website Official website

Schio is a town and comune in the province of Vicenza (region of Veneto, northern Italy) situated North of Vicenza and East of the Lake of Garda. It is surrounded by the Little Dolomites (Italian Prealps) and Mount Pasubio.


Its name comes from Latin: escletum was a wood of oaks and it was first used in a document of some Benedictines from Vicenza. The first settlements were around two old hills, where now there are respectively the ruins of an old castle and a majestic neoclassical cathedral.

By the 12th century Schio had become an important centre of prosperous wool manufacturing. The city was ruled by the Venetian Maltraversi family until 1311.

Schio is now an industrial town thanks to Alessandro Rossi, who founded the biggest Italian wool firm (Lanerossi) in the 19th century. Rossi also arranged the building of houses, nurseries, schools, theatres and gardens for his workers. The most important textile factories in Schio were Lanerossi, Conte and Cazzola. Schio was called "Manchester of Italy", because it was the focal point of the northern wool trade like the British city.

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Twin towns

Notable people


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