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image by Roberto Breschi from CISV
The gonfalon and the coat of arms were adopted on the 16th
January 1984. The coat of arms has a square shape. It is gules a
cross argent a lambel azure. The gonfalon is vertically
red-blue-orange with the coat of arms in the middle and the words
Regione Piemonte under. These colors are the colors of
the Republic of Alba which was proclaimed on the 25th of April
1796. The official flag of the region adopted on the 24th
November 1995 is red bordered white (thin) and blue with a white
cross charged on top with a blue lambel. The region adopted on
the 17th June 1997 a law regulating the use of this flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 22 September 1998
The "flag" for piemonte is really the arms of the
prince of piemonte, traditional title of the eldest son of the
king of sardinia: it shows the arms of savoy differenced by a
Francois Velde, 12 April 1996
The official Piemonte's regional flag have been adopted circa
26 October 1995 and also has a thin white (inner) and blue
(outher) borders on all sides.
Mario Fabretto, 20 September 1996
there is a sketchy image and a lot of text in Italian on the
history of the Piedmont flag. Authors seem to be from an
independista club - so it might be biased.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 1999
I have attached an image of that flag, with the official
colours and proportions. The flag is red with a white cross and a
superimposed blue lambel, the whole is surrounded by a blue
border and the flag itself is golden fringed. Depending on the
context the flag may be fringed on the top, bottom and fly (like
here). In that case there is an orange ribbon attached at the
hoist. Orange-Blue-Red are the colours of the gonfanon of the
Region. In other cases, like the flag on a balcony, there is a
fringe on the hoist side, on the fly and on the bottom of the
flag. If other cases the flag is entirely fringed. The official
colours are blue: 3005 and red:185. (These colours are quite
light for me, either on the screen as on the paper when printed.
Can anyone confirm?)
Source: Regional Council of Piedmont.
Pascal Vagnat, 12 May 1999
In Piedmont, the law says the regional flag has to fly
together with the national flag and the EU flag in a number of
occasion (e.g. when a town council or the regional parliament is
Piedmont's flag dates back to 1424, and is recognised as the official regional flag by a law of 1995.
Silvio Sandrone, 20 October 1999
There are two versions of that flag: one with a blue border,
and one without a blue border. That last version was adopted
officially in 1995, with a gold fringe and an orange ribbon.
Pascal Vagnat, 20 October 1999
The regional flag of Piedmont is hoisted over the buildings of
the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Turin, located in Grugliasco, a town neighbouring Turin,
along with the flags of European Union and Italy (as seen in
January 2005). The regional flag used there has no golden fringe
at all. The region Piedmont uses a logo made of a square version
of the flag, without the fringe, too.
Ivan Sache, 17 January 2008
image by Mello Luchtenberg, 14 September 2001
Based on a drawing at <www.italonet.com.br>.
Mello Luchtenberg, 14 September 2001
the story of Piemont flag ("el Drapo'") is strictly
related to Savoia dinasty.
The glorious Drapo' could derive from the war-flag of Holy Roman Empire or from Pietro I who abandoned his CoA (an Imperial Eagle) and adopted a flag similar to the English one, due to his permanence in that country as Duke of Richmond (1241). In fact between 1188 and 1277 English Kingdom used a red flag with a argented cross.
From 1263 that flag was always used by Savoia, in some variants. It was *officially* adopted by Amedeo V, Conte of Savoia from 1285. It seem that its firts use was in 1310 in Turin in occasion of the meeting between Amedeo V and his cousin Emperor Arrigo VII.
image by Matteo Colaone, 24 August 2000
In order to distingue Savoia-Piemont flag in the Mediterranean Sea from Malta one, were added the letters F.E.R.T. in white. I suppose it stands for: "FORTITUDO EIUS RHODUM TENUIT", (referred to Amedeo V courage in 1310) or otherwise "FOEDERE ET RELIGIONE TENEMUR".
image by Matteo Colaone, 24 August 2000
Probably from 1366 was added a blue "bordering" in
honour of Maria: this also originated the little edging of
Sabaudian CoA in Italy Monarchic flag (1848). The blue
"Lambello" (="label"?) with three
"pendenti" was added in 1418 for an Heraldic cause (it
indicated that SAVOIA were Princes of Piedmont).
I suppose the right rapport shold be 1:1 or 1:1,25.
Matteo Colaone, 24 August 2000
In today tourism section of the daily "Yediot
Akhronot" there is a photo of one of Piedmont towns
(probably Casale Monferrato) from which we can that they are
using a simpler variant of
Piedmont flag (white st. george cross on red)
Dov Gutterman, 30 September 1999