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Tuscany Region (Italy)

Regione Toscana

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image by Roberto Breschi from CISV


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Description of the Flag

The gonfalon was adopted on the 20th May 1975 and readopted with the coat of arms on the 3rd February 1995. The coat of arms is a sannitic shield, gules a Pegasus argent. The gonfalon is white with two narrow vertical red stripes, and the Pegasus in the middle. The words Regione Toscana appear under in silver. The Pegasus was the symbol of the Toscan National Liberation Committee during the Second World War.
Pascal Vagnat, 22 September 1998

The white on red stripes are possibly derived from the red-white-red triband (the Austrian colours) adopted by Tuscany in the latter half of the 18th Century and dropped in 1848.
Christopher Southworth, 14 September 2003

The pegasus image on the flag, gonfanon and arms has been taken from a coin made by the Florentine artist Benvenuto Cellini (the one who made the famous Perseo statue) in 1537. This coin can be seen in the National Museum of Bargello in Florence. White and red have been the traditional colors of Toscana since long time, not only during the Grand-Ducal period. Also note that white and red are the traditional colors of most Tuscan towns, including Firenze, Pistoia, Lucca, Pisa and Grosseto.
Alessandro Paccagnini, 26 August 2004


Flag until 1995

image by Roberto Breschi from CISV


The Gonfalone

image by Mello Luchtenberg, 8 October 2001


Coat of Arms

4 kinds of Coat of Arms and some 4 kinds of 'marchi' (Italian for 'logo'?) at <www.regione.toscana.it/ita/stemma>
Jarig Bakker, 11 September 1999


Chianti Flag

Flag of the famous Chianti wine area appear at two variants in a commercial site:
- Black rooter on orange field
- Black rooter on white field.
Both flags seems to have no official status.
Dov Gutterman. 18 November 2004