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image by Mello Luchtenberg, 17 April 2001
Note: For South Tyrol Flags, see Bolzano Province
I lack of any date concerning the gonfalon and the coat of
arms of the region. The coat of arms is quartered: in the first
and the fourth, argent a Trento eagle sable armed or; in the
second and the third, argent an eagle of Tyrol gules armed or.
The gonfalon is vertically blue and white with the coat of arms
in the middle. On the blue field, above and under are written the
words Regione Trentino-Alto Adige, on the white field
the words Region Trentino-Südtirol in gold. There
isnt any official flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 22 September 1998
The official Alto-Adige/Sudtyrol flag has the shield of the
arms on it so it is different from Austrian Tyrol flag, but I saw
also flown the latter.
Mario Fabretto, 20 September 1996
I had the possibility to see the flag of the Trentino-Alto
Adige region. It is white over light blue with the coat of arms
of the region in the center.It seems to be unofficial
Mario Fabretto, 26 October 1999
The only place where I ever have seen hanging the flag of the
Autonomous Region Trentino-Alto Adige, is the Palace of the
Region in Trento.
Karl Palfrader, 11 August 2001
"The blue and white flag, in use (limited) since 1995, incorporates the features of the gonfanon, including the shield with the quartered arms of the province of Trento (1 st and 4 th) and that of Bolzano (2 and 3) . The white and blue are the colors on which they were borne in old coats of arms of Trento and Bolzano respectively. It has never been legally defined, unlike the coat of arms and the banner, approved September 17, 1982 and approved by presidential decree of 21 March 1983."
Jan Mertens, 17 February 2011
1. It should be mentioned that the Autonomous Region of Trentino-Alto Adige
is nowadays very much void of competences, as most of them have been transferred
to the two provinces.
2. Thus, the symbols, including the flag, are in very limited use indeed (as remarked by Roberto Breschi).
3. The flag is not official in contrast to the gonfalone. In the case of Italy, the gonfalone should always be mentioned, as it is usually the only legally defined flag, and often the flags "proper" are derived from it.
4. This is also the case here: the gonfalone is the origin of the flag.
5. I have the impression that the colours of the gonfaloni often do not have a good foundation in history. Gonfaloni have to look nice, with a lot of embroideries, and they have to show the arms, that's all.
6. In the case of TAA it is indeed somewhat mysterious [why the colours blue and white are used]. The sources available to me (from Vexilla Italica) basically say nothing else than Breschi (as cited above): when exactly the arms were borne on white or blue, respectively, and in which context (flag? gonfalone?), is not mentioned. The original source for the sentence is the 1984 article (see below).
7. There are three articles in Vexilla Italica, that contain material on the TAA flag:
- V.I. 1984 (2): p. 33-37.
- V.I. 1996 (19): p. 11-16.
- V.I. 2000 (2): pages unknown (I don't have this one)
8. Photos of the flag:
Photo of the gonfalone:
Marcus Schmöger, 18 February 2011
image by Mello Luchtenberg, 14 September 2001
There is an image of
the gonfalone at <www.regione.taa.it>.
Jarig Bakker and Dov Gutterman, 6 September 1999
image located by Jarig Bakker and Dov Gutterman, 6
The coat of arms in the flag is a combination of the arms of the two
provinces, Trento and Bolzano, but the flags of those provinces are white-red
and burgundy-white, respectively.
Volker, 17 February 2011