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by Roberto Breschi from CISV

Variant "di Palazzo"
by Roberto Breschi from CISV

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Turin Flag

The official flag of the city is the flag of the City Militia of 1706 as it is stated in the status of the piemontese capital city:
Statuto della Citta` di Torino (Status of the city of Turin)
Titolo I- Principi generali (General principles)
Art. 4. Territorio, sede, stemma e gonfalone (Territory, seat, coat of arms and gonfanon)
3. Il Comune ha uno stemma e un gonfalone, che sono quelli storicamente in uso. (The commun has a coat of arm and a gonfanon which are the historical ones in use)
4. Nelle occasioni ufficiali, a Palazzo Civico vengono espoti i vessilli della Citta` di Torino, della REgione Piemonte, della Repubblica Italiana e dell'Unione Europea. (For official events, the Palazzo Civico shall show the flags of the City of Turin, of the region Piedmont, of the Italian Republic and of the European Union.)
5. Il vessillo del Comune di Torino e`la bandiera storica dell'assedio del 1706. (The flag of the commune of Turin is the historical flag of the siege of 1706).

The said flag is a blue square flag with a white cross. In each canton there is a bull in yellow (not the same shape than the bull on the coa). In the first canton there is also a white ribbon with the words in black "AUXILIUM MEUM A DOMINO". The flag is yellow fimbriated.
Here is a small picture of that flag (reduced size and colours) .It is a picture dating from 1772, coming from analbum of flags present in the Armeria Reale in Turin. .

Source: Ricchiardi, Enrico: "Stemmi e bandiere del Piemonte", Gribaudo, Torino, 1996. ISBN 88-395-8213-4
Pascal Vagnat, 26 July 1999

According to <>, Turin flag is white and charged with the coat of arms and inscription.
Dov Gutterman, 18 November 2004

Turin Logo - Flag

As it seems from <>, city of Torino's flag is blue over yellow (1:4 ?) with the Coat of Arms on the hoist side of the blue.
Dov Gutterman, 17 January 1999

Alas, this is not the official flag of the city, but rather a logo and colours based on the coat of arms
Pascal Vagnat, 26 July 1999

City Guards of Torino

from <>, located by Dov Gutterman, 6 September 1999

Gonfalone del Corpo dei Vigili Urbani fino al 1928 - Gonfalon of the City Guards' Corps up to 1928
Santiago Dotor, 7 September 1999

Answering Jack Kowalski question: "Aren't the Vigili Urbani the Fire Brigades?" - AFAIK, only the "vigili del fuoco" are the firemen. But maybe "vigili urbani" is/was also used
Santiago Dotor, 7 September 1999

Vigili Urbani is targeted to keeping order and make the law respected in the urban areas. Might they be similar to the Sherif Dept. crew in USA. Vigili del Fuoco is the Fire Brigade, they have a land area assigned to service (I think district based), even if in case of emergency more groups can rally to help. Strictly speaking, Vigili Urbani and Vigili del Fuoco have no connections each other, but of course they can be used for similar tasks in case of necessity. The name Vigili is the only common thing. The word means - more or less - "those who pay attention to". Vigili Urbani are those who give you a fine if you park in the bad place in Italy, so be careful not to meet them under this circumstance...!
Pier Paolo Lugli, 8 September 1999

City Police

"Bandiera del Corpo della Polizia Municipale oggi" (The current flag of the Municipal Police force) from the same site -<>. A much bigger image at this site.
Dov Gutterman, 11 September 1999

That flag is an historical one and is today the flag of the city of Torino (Turin), about which I spoke some times ago. See my above mail. The title means "flag of the group of the municipal police today". So the flag of the police of the city seems to be the same as the official flag of the city. Why not?
Pascal Vagnat, 11 September 1999