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image by Roberto Breschi from CISV
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
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
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
"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
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
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
image by Andre' Serranho
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
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