Flag of Veneto

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Regione del Veneto
Flag of Veneto.svg
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 2:3
Adopted May 20, 1975
Design The arms of Regione del Veneto on a Pompeian red background; on the fly edge, seven tails bearing the coat of arms of the seven province capitals of Veneto.

The flag of the Italian region of Veneto derives from the flag historically used by the Republic of Venice (697–1797), a maritime republic centered on the modern city of Venice. The modern flag was adopted by legge regionale (regional law) 20 maggio 1975, n. 56 and amended by L.R. del 22 febbraio 1999, which deleted the words "Regione del Veneto".[1] Regione del Veneto also has a banner (gonfalone), its design identical to the flag's except in its vertical orientation.

Design[edit]

Former flag of the Republic of Venice.

The main overall layout and design of the Venetian banner was kept. The coat of arms of the Region is set in a square in the center of the flag: the Lion of Saint Mark with the opened gospel (reading the Latin motto Pax tibi Marce evangelista meus, "Peace to you Mark, my evangelist") rests its paws on the landscape of Veneto: sea (the Adriatic), land (the Venetian Plain) and mountains (the Alps).[1] Attached to the fly edge are seven tails. Each one bears in the middle the coat of arms of one of Veneto's seven province capitals,[1] sorted in reverse alphabetical order:

Vicenza-Stemma.png Province of Vicenza
CoA Comune di Verona-Stemma.png Province of Verona
CoA Città di Venezia.png Province of Venice
Treviso-stemma.png Province of Treviso
Rovigo-Stemma.png Province of Rovigo
CoA Padova.svg Province of Padua
Belluno-Stemma.png Province of Belluno

A tricolour ribbon is to be knotted just below the flagpole finial.

Differences from the Republic of Venice flag[edit]

  • The Lion is no longer on a red field.
  • The tails were six, representing the six sestieri ("sixths", the districts of old Venice), whilst the new flag has seven tails, containing the flags of the provinces of Veneto.
  • Dark blue has been added to the red and gold decorations, as this colour was acknowledged as a symbol of the Veneti in the past (blavum seu venetum colorem "blue, that is, Veneto colour").

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Legge regionale 20 maggio 1975, n. 56 (BUR n. 22/1975)". Consiglio regionale del Veneto official website (in Italian). Retrieved July 14, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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