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Stemmi di comuni e province d'Italia
Italian Civic Heraldry

FIRENZE (Florence)

Province : Firenze

Origin/meaning:
The arms of Florence show a fleur-de-lis, or Florentine lily. Until 1251 the coat of arm of Florence was a white lily on a red field. But that year the Guelph party drove the Ghibellins out of the city and they inverted the colours of the coat of arm: red lily on a white shield. The lily refers to the flower of iris that grew naturally on the city walls and on the hills around Florence.

Literature : Louda, J. European civic coats of arms. London, 1966; background from Antonio Del Chiaro



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