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Florence (Tuscany, Italy)

Cittá di Firenze

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Florence Flag

From "The Encyclopedia of flags" by Alfred Znamierowski, 1999 [zna99]: 'The flag of Florence is taken from illustrations in the Cronaca del Sercambi (end of the 14th century).' Caption of the illustration: Civic banner of 14th century Florence.
Jarig Bakker, 23 December 1999

On the website of the new soccer team of Florence (<www.fiorentina.it>), Italy, a municipal flag can be seen flying on top of the municipal stadium. See: <www.fiorentina.it/onpaper/20021213.pdf>.
Jose C. Alegria, 8 January 2003


Florence Gonfalone


image from <www.radicedidue.com>, located by Dov Gutterman, 30 July 2002

There is a photo of the gonfalone at <soalinux.comune.firenze.it>. It is a page of the Fiorentina website but this is the gonfalon of the city of Florence, dating from the end of the 11th century.
Jarig Bakker, 5 September 1999

From <www.splendorofflorence.com>:
"The "Gonfalone" is a large flag which is kept inside Palazzo Vecchio -- Florence's City Hall -- that came to Philadelphia as part of a "ceremonial gift" on the occasion of Splendor of Florence and the renewing of the Sister City Pact between the two cities. When this flag travels -- only on official visits -- it is accompanied by five men in Renaissance costume (shown below) who also play instruments dating back to the period. "
Dov Gutterman, 15 August 2002

At <www.globeit.it> there is a page about the Florence gonfannon. It says, i.a., that till 1251 the colors were inverted: white fleur-de-lis on red.
António Martins, 2 Febuary 2005


Flags in Use

Decorated Flag

My brother, Eli Gutterman, came from a visit in Tuscany with a photo taken in Florence of decorated flag of Florence.
Dov Gutterman, 22 October 2003

Flag at the City Hall


image by Jorge Candeas, 31 May 2005

Above is the flag of Florence as flown from the Town Hall.
André Serranho, 8 March 2001

I also saw this one myself at (and in) the Florentine City Hall, and also on in several other locations in the city in the summer of 2006. I had the opportunity of photographing one of them, in a one-mast ship on the Arno river, moored near the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), hoisted under an Italian national flag:. The stays are decorated with small italian national flags.
Nearby, the 1st of a row of flags hoisted from the balconies of the houses built on the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), the same version of the city flag, plain white with red fleur de lis centered on it and no additional elements, or perhaps a more squarish version of it. The other flags seem to be those mentioned at Florence City Subdivisions. See photos here and here.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 October 2007


Florence Coat of Arms


image by Andre' Serranho


Florence City Subdivisions

I located 20 flags at <www.globeit.it>. Anyone recognizes them ?
Dov Gutterman, 21 March 1999

Those are flags of neighborhoods of Florence in the XIV century. I didn't understand it perfecly, but these flags seem to have had either military or sportive character.
Jorge Candeias, 21 March 1999

Those are the Florentine flags used in the medieval game of calcio.
Jarig Bakker, 16 December 1999

This site shows images of the flags. Each quarter is divided in four "zones", which is very fractal. Historical florentine flags existed not only for geographical entities but also fo socio-proffessional ones: The major and minor arts have their Coat of Arms at <www.globeit.it/artimag.html> and at <www.globeit.it/artimin.html> respectively. Their use in flags is shown at <www.globeit.it/artimin.jpg>. Also the city administrative services and offices are represented by Coat of Arms and flags: The former at <www.globeit.it/magistr.html> and the later at <www.globeit.it/bandierai.html>, shown in a flag-throwing routine.
António Martins, 2 Febuary 2005