The former President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi honors the flag of Cispadane Republic, first Italian flag, during the Tricolour Day on 7 January 2004 in Reggio Emilia.

This is a list of flags used in Italy. For more information about the national flag, visit the article Flag of Italy.

National flags

Flag Date Use Description
1 January 1948 National flag A tricolour featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white and red, national colours of Italy, with the green at the hoist side (proportions 3:2).
9 November 1947 Civil ensign The flag of Italy with a shield divided into four squares representing the four Maritime Republics: Venice (represented by the Lion of Saint Mark, top left), Genoa (top right), Amalfi (bottom left), and Pisa (represented by their respective crosses). The ensign is similar to the one used by the Italian Navy, with the exception that the lion is not holding a sword, the emblem is not crowned, and the book of the Gospel is open.
24 October 2003 State ensign The flag of Italy with the State Emblem.

Military flags

Flag Date Use Description
9 November 1947 Naval ensign The flag of Italy with a naval crown and a shield divided into four squares representing the four Maritime Republics: Venice (represented by the lion, top left), Genoa (top right), Amalfi (bottom left), and Pisa (represented by their respective crosses).
9 November 1947 Naval jack A shield divided into four squares representing the four Maritime Republics: Venice (represented by the lion, top left), Genoa (top right), Amalfi (bottom left), and Pisa (represented by their respective crosses).

Army rank flags

Flag Date Use Description
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Four-star general White flag with four red stars
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General of army corps White flag with three red stars
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Divisional general White flag with two red stars
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General of brigade White flag with one red star

Naval rank flags

Flag Date Use Description
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Commander-in-chief of the Italian Navy A square edged in blue and divided into four squares representing the four Maritime Republics: Venice (represented by the lion, top left), Genoa (top right), Amalfi (bottom left), and Pisa (represented by their respective crosses).
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Chief of staff of the Italian Navy A blue flag with yellow line and with four yellow stars
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Squadron admiral of the Italian Navy A blue flag with three yellow stars
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Rear admiral of the Italian Navy A blue flag with one yellow star

Standards

Flag Date Use Description
1965–1990 Standard of the president of Italy A square blue flag with the Emblem of Italy in the middle.
1990–1992 Standard of the president of Italy A square blue flag with the flag of Italy in the middle.
1992–2000 Standard of the president of Italy A square blue flag with the Emblem of Italy in the middle.
4 November 2000–17 January 2003 Standard of the president of Italy A square blue flag, with in the middle the flag of the Napoleonic Italian Republic, with the golden Emblem of Italy on the green square.
17 January 2003–14 April 2006 Standard of the president of Italy A square blue flag, with in the middle the flag of the Napoleonic Italian Republic, with the golden Emblem of Italy on the green square.
14 April 2006 Standard of the president of Italy A square blue flag, with in the middle the flag of the Napoleonic Italian Republic, with the golden Emblem of Italy on the green square.
16 May 1986 Standard of a substitute president of Italy A square white flag with blue border, with the Emblem of Italy in the middle.
17 July 2008 Standard of the prime minister of Italy A square blue flag with two golden lines and with the Emblem of Italy (in natural colours) in the middle.
23 April 2002 Standard of the Ministry of Defence A square blue flag with two golden lines and with a star and the symbols of four Italian Armed Forces in the middle.
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Standard of the Civil Authorities A square white flag with two blue lines and with the Emblem of Italy (in natural colours) in the middle.

Historical flags

Roman Empire Vexilloids

Flag Date Use Description
27 BC-380 AD Vexilloid of The Roman Empire. The slogan S·P·Q·R (senātus populusque Rōmānus), "The Roman Senate and People," in gold on a field of crimson.
380-395 Labarum of Constantine the Great. a crimson field with three dots which represents "medallions" which are said to have shown portraits of Constantine and his sons.
395-476/480 Vexilloid of The Western Roman Empire. A Crimson field with the Chi Rho (☧) in gold in the center.

Preunification era

Flag Date Use Description
800–888 Imperial Orilflamme of Charlemagne A 3 pointed green field with 8 golden crosses and 6 flowers.
800–1420 Flag of The Judicate of Arborea A White Field with a Tree in the center.
831–1091 Flag of the Emirate of Sicily A Simple Green Field.
1000–1406 Flag of The Republic of Pisa A Red Field with a White Cross in the center.
1115–1251 1st Flag of The Republic of Florence A red field with centred white cross.
1130–1194 Banner of The Hauteville Dynasty A Blue Field with a white and red checkered diagonal stripe.
1160–1200 1st Flag of The Republic of Lucca A Horizontal Bicolor of White and Red, similar to the Polish flag.
1171–1277 1st Flag of Milan A White Field with a Red Maltese cross in the center with 3 sestiere on the fly.
13th century 1st Flag of The Republic of Siena A black field with a white stripe and 3 sestiere on the fly.
1200–1799 2nd Flag of The Republic of Lucca A Blue Field with a Golden diagonal stripe with the word Libertas.
1176–1395 Flag of The Commune of Milan A white field with centred red cross, the same of The Flag of England, both coming from Genoa.
1251–1569 2nd Flag of The Republic of Florence A White Field with a Red Fleur-de-lis lily in the Center.
1258–1266 Banner of Manfred, King of Sicily A White Swallowtail Flag with a Black Eagle in the center.
1259–1323 Flag of The Republic of Sassari 4 quartered field. a white cross in the 1st and 4th quarter (blue) and a white tower in the 2nd and 3rd quarter (red).
1266–1442 Flag of The Kingdoms of Sicily and Naples under The Capetian House of Anjou A Blue Field with Several Fleur-de-lis and a red label.
1266–1442 Flag of The Kingdoms of Sicily and Naples under The Capetian House of Anjou (Variant) A Blue Field with Several Fleur-de-lis and a red label.
1266–1442 Flag of The Kingdoms of Sicily and Naples under The Capetian House of Anjou (Variant) A Blue Field with Several Fleur-de-lis and a red label.
1277–1395 2nd Flag of Milan A white field with a blue snake devouring a man in the center.
1282–1296 1st Flag of The Kingdom of Sicily under The Crown of Aragon The Aragonese Senyera in the first and fourth quarters and the Eagle of Sicily in the second and third quarters.
1290–1555 2nd Flag of The Republic of Siena A Horizontal Bicolour of white and black.
1296–1410 2nd Flag of The Kingdom of Sicily under The Crown of Aragon Similar to the Aragonese Senyera, but with 2 white triangles with a eagle inside of both triangles.
1339–1797 Flag of The Republic of Genoa A white field with centred red cross, similar to The Flag of England, but with five sestiere on the fly.
1395–1499 State Flag ( Vexillum publicum ) of the City of Milan A white field with centred red cross, similar to The Flag of England.
1395–1499 3rd Flag of Milan the Imperial Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire in the first and fourth quarters and the Snake of Milan in the second and third quarters.
1398–1701 1st Flag of The Principality of Piombino A white field with a chess themed diagonal red stripe.
1410–1516 3rd Flag of The Kingdom of Sicily under The Crown of Aragon An inverted version of the previous flag.
1416–1785 Flag of The Duchy of Savoy A red field with centred white cross.
1442–1516 Flag of The Kingdom of Naples under The Crown of Aragon The Aragonese Senyera in the first and fourth quarters and the stripes of The Árpád dynasty, The Fleur-de-lis of Anjou and The Cross of Jerusalem in the second and third quarters.
1443–1523 1st Flag of The Duchy of Urbino A Banner of Arms with the symbols of the Holy Roman Empire, The House of Montefeltro and The Papal States.
1447-1450 State flag ( Vexillum publicum ) of the Golden Ambrosian Republic A white field with centred red cross, with the republic's seal.
1452–1830 1st Flag of The Duchy of Modena and Reggio A crowned white eagle on a blue field.
1473–1829 Flag of The Duchy of Massa and Carrara A White field with the coat of arms in the center.
1499–1526 4th Flag of Milan (Under French rule) the French royal flag in the first and fourth quarters and the Snake of Milan in the second and third quarters.
1523–1625 2nd Flag of The Duchy of Urbino A yellow swallow-tailed field with a disc which contains the symbol of The House of Montefeltro.
1545–1731 1st Flag of The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza A Yellow field with 6 blue Fleur-de-lis in the center.
1562–1737 1st Flag of The Grand Duchy of Tuscany A White Field with The Coat of Arms of The Medici Family in the Center.
1659–1675 The Contarina flag of the Republic of Venice A gold Lion of St. Mark on a field of dark red accompanied by six sestiere on the fly.
1701–1803 2nd Flag of The Principality of Piombino A white field with the coat of arms in the center.
1765–1800, 1815–1848 & 1849–1860 2nd Flag of The Grand Duchy of Tuscany A Horizontal Tricolour of red, white and red with The Greater Coat of Arms in the center.
1785–1802 1st Flag of The Kingdom of Sardinia Blue with the cross of savoy occupying one quarter of the field and placed in the canton.
1799–1801 3rd Flag of The Republic of Lucca A Horizontal Tricolour of green, white and red.
1801–1805 4th and Final Flag of The Republic of Lucca A White field with a centered red diamond and with a blue border.
1801–1807 Flag of The Kingdom of Etruria 5 Stripes alternating of Blue and White with the coat of arms in the center.
1802–1814 2nd Flag of The Kingdom of Sardinia Blue with the St George's Cross and four heads of Moors occupying one quarter of the field and placed in the canton.
1814–1816 3rd Flag of The Kingdom of Sardinia Blue with the cross of savoy and 2 St George's Crosses in the 1st and 4th quarters (one of them with four heads of Moors) occupying one quarter of the field and placed in the canton.
1815–1818 1st Flag of The Duchy of Lucca A Horizontal Bicolour of yellow and red.
1815–1847 2nd Flag of The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza A Vertical Bicolour of red and white.
1815–1848 & 1849–1860 2nd Flag of The Grand Duchy of Tuscany (Lesser Arms Variant) A Horizontal Tricolour of red, white and red with The Lesser Coat of Arms in the center.
1816–1848 4th Flag of The Kingdom of Sardinia Blue with a combination of the crosses of savoy and St George occupying one quarter of the field and placed in the canton.
1816–1848 & 1849–1860 Flag of The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies A White Field with The Arms of The King of the Two Sicilies in the center.
1818–1824 2nd Flag of The Duchy of Lucca A White Field with the coat of arms in the center and a bicolour of yellow and red in the canton.
1824–1847 3rd and Final Flag of The Duchy of Lucca Similar to the previous flag.
1830–1859 2nd Flag of The Duchy of Modena and Reggio A horizontal tricolour of red, white and red with a centred vertical tricolour of blue, white and blue with the coat of arms in the center.
1830–1859 2nd Flag of The Duchy of Modena and Reggio (Civil variant) A horizontal tricolour of red, white and red with a centred vertical tricolour of blue, white and blue.
1848–1849 3rd Flag of The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza A Horizontal Bicolour of yellow and blue.
1850–1851 4th Flag of The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza 12 Spinning Stripes alternating of blue and yellow.
1851–1859 5th and Final Flag of The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza 8 Spinning Stripes alternating of blue and yellow with a red border.

Napoleonic era

Main article: Flags of Napoleonic Italy

Flag Date Use Description
1797 Flag of the Cispadane Republic A tricolour flag in horizontal bands with the top red, the white in the centre and the green at the bottom. In the centre was also the emblem of the republic, while on the sides the letters "R" and "C" were shown, the initials of the two words that form the name of the "Repubblica Cispadana". The coat of arms of the Cispadan Republic contained a quiver with four arrows that symbolized the four cities of the Cispadan congress.
1798–1802 Flag of the Transpadane Republic A tricolour featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white and red, national colours of Italy, with the green at the hoist side.
1797–1798 1st Flag of the Cisalpine Republic A tricolour flag in horizontal bands with the top green, the white in the centre and the red at the bottom.
1798–1802 2nd Flag of the Cisalpine Republic A square tricolour featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white and red, national colours of Italy, with the green at the hoist side.
1802–1805 Flag of the Italian Republic A composition formed by a green square inserted in a white diamond, in turn included in a red box.
1802–1805 Naval Flag of the Italian Republic A composition formed by a green square inserted in a white diamond, in turn included in a red box.
1805–1814 Flag of The Kingdom of Italy A composition formed by a green rectangle inserted in a white diamond, in turn included in a red box, with an imperial eagle in the center.
1805-1814 Flag of The Principality of Lucca and Piombino A Horizontal Tricolour of Blue, White and Red
1806-1808 1st Flag of The Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples A Horizontal Tricolour of White, Red and Black
1808-1811 2nd Flag of The Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples A composition formed by a white diamond, in turn included in a red and black box, with the coat of arms in the center.
1811-1815 3rd Flag of The Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples A Blue field with a chess themed border of red and white and the coat of arms off-centred toward the hoist.
1811-1815 3rd Flag of The Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples (Civil variant) A Blue field with a chess themed border of red and white.

Unification and Kingdom of Italy

Flag Date Use Description
1831 Flag of the Italian United Provinces A tricolour featuring three equally sized vertical pales of green, white and red, national colours of Italy, with the green at the hoist side.
1831 Flag of the Young Italy A tricolour flag in horizontal bands with the top red, white in the centre and green at the bottom, with the inscription "UNIONE, FORZA E LIBERTA'!!"
1848 Flag of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany during the First Italian Independence War The flag bears the coat of arms of the Habsburg-Lorraine family, decorated with Italian tricolours; note, however, that the coat of arms bears the red-white-red flag of Austria, the opponent of Italian unification.
1848/1849 Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies A white flag with Two Sicilies coat of arms, with red and green border.
1848–1849 Flag of the Kingdom of Sicily An Italian tricolour with a trinacria in the center.
1848–1849 Flag of the Republic of San Marco An Italian tricolour with a white canton bearing the Lion of Saint Mark.
1848–1849 Flag of the Free Cities of the Free Cities of Menton and Roquebrune An Italian tricolour with two hands clasping and with the inscription "Menton et Roquebrun ville libre".
1848–1849 Flag of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany An Italian tricolour with the tuscan arms
1848–1947 Civil flag of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1848–1861 and from 1861 of the Kingdom of Italy) An Italian tricolour with House of Savoy shield in the middle.
1849 War flag of the Roman Republic
The state flag had no letters.
An Italian tricolour with two "R"s (Repubblica Romana) in the center.
1859–1860 Flag of the United Provinces of Central Italy An Italian tricolour.
1860–1861 Flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies An Italian tricolour with the arms of the King of the Two Sicilies in the center.
1861–1946 State flag of the Kingdom of Sardinia from 1848–1861 and from 1861 of the Kingdom of Italy and the Naval ensign of the Regia Marina An Italian tricolour with Savoy shield and Royal crown in the middle.
1860–1946 War flag of the Regio Esercito A square Italian tricolour with Savoy shield and simplified Royal crown in the middle.
1879–1900 Naval jack of the Regia Marina A square Savoy shield with blue border.
1900–1947 Naval jack of the Regia Marina A rectangular Savoy shield with blue border.
1880–1946 Royal Standard of the King of Italy A blue flag with a eagle with crown and four crown at corners.
1880–1946 Royal Standard of the Prince of Piedmont A blue flag with a eagle with crown in the middle and four crown at corners.
1927–1943 Standard of the Head of Government and Duce of Fascism A blue flag with a yellow line and a yellow fasces in the middle.
1927–1943 Standard of a State Minister A white flag with a blue line and a blue fasces in the middle.
1927–1943 Standard of a State Subsecretary A white flag with a blue fasces in the middle.
1927–1943 Standard of the Minister of the Regia Marina A blue flag with a yellow line and a yellow anchor dominated by a yellow crown in the middle.
1927–1943 Standard of the Minister of the Regia Aereonautica A blue flag with a red line and a red eagle dominated by a red crown in the middle.
1936–1943 Standard of the Viceroy of Italian East Africa A white flag with blue border, with the Savoy shield in the middle and four fasces at corners.
1936–1945 Flag of the Colonna Italiana A tricolour flag with a red dagger and the red letters "G" and "L".
1939–1943 Standard of the Lieutenant General of Albania A white flag with blue border and a red line, with fasces dominated by a crown in the middle.
1943–1945 Flag of the Italian Social Republic An Italian tricolour.
1943–1945 War flag of the Italian Social Republic An Italian tricolour with dark-grey eagle clutching a fasces in the center.
1943–1945 Flag of the National Liberation Committee An Italian tricolour with a star inside which is the word "CLN".
1943–1945 Flag of the Tuscan Liberation Committee
1943–1945 Flag of the Brigate Garibaldi An Italian tricolour with a red star in the center.

Italian Republic

Flag Date Use Description
1945–1992 Flag of the Italian ethnic minority[1] in Yugoslavia An Italian tricolour with a red star in the center.
1992– Flag of Italians of Croatia An Italian tricolour.
1950–1960 Flag of the Trust Territory of Somaliland An Italian tricolour.
1946–2003 Flag of Italy An Italian tricolour.
2003–2006 Flag of Italy An Italian tricolour.
2006– Flag of Italy An Italian tricolour.

Regional flags

Official regional flags

Main article: Flags of regions of Italy

Ordinary regions

Flag Year of adoption Use
1999 Flag of Abruzzo
2001

(modified in 2011)

Flag of Apulia
1995 Flag of Basilicata
1995 Flag of Calabria
Flag of Campania
1995 Flag of Emilia-Romagna
Flag of Lazio
1997 Flag of Liguria
1975 Flag of Lombardy
1995 Flag of Marche
Flag of Molise
1995 Flag of Piedmont
1995 Flag of Tuscany
2004 Flag of Umbria
1975

(modified in 1999)

Flag of Veneto

Autonomous regions

2006 Flag of Aosta Valley
2001 Flag of Friuli-Venezia Giulia
1950

(modified in 1999)

Flag of Sardinia
2000 Flag of Sicily
1995 Flag of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol

Flags of historical and cultural regions

Flag of Friuli
Flag of Benevento
Flag of Montferrat
Flag of Elba
Old flag of Sardinia
Flag of the Sette Comuni of Asiago Plateau
Flag of Occitan Valleys

Proposed regional flags

Proposed flag for Emilia (1990) by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Emilia presented in Quaderni Padani n°46
Proposed flag for Emilia (2019)
Proposed flag for Romagna by Lega Nord - Romagna
Proposed flag for Romagna (Variant) Lega Nord - Romagna
Proposed flag for Romagna by Movement for the Autonomy of Romagna
Proposed flag for Liguria by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Insubria
Proposed flag for Lombardy (1990)
Proposed flag for Lombardy (2011)
Proposed flag for Lombardy (2015)
Proposed flag for Marche by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Umbria by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Aosta Valley by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Trentino by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Friuli by Lega Nord
Proposed flag for Lunezia by Associazione Lunezia
Proposed flag for Salento[2]

Provincial flags

Main article: commons:Flags of provinces of Italy

Municipal flags

Main article: commons:Flags of municipalities of Italy

Political flags

Flag Date Party Description
current
2013–present Forza Italia
2009–present Five Star Movement
2007–present Democratic Party
2020–present New Force
2006-2020
1997–2000
2017–present Power to the People
2009–present Communist Party
2003–present CasaPound
1996–present Lega Sud Ausonia
1995–present Tricolour Flame
1991–present Communist Refoundation Party
1991–present Lega Nord
1991–present Lega Vallée d'Aoste
1991–present Lega Liguria
1991–present Lega Lombarda
1991–present Lega Piemonte
1991–present Lega Umbria
1977–present Italian Marxist–Leninist Party
1943–present Internationalist Communist Party
former
2002-2000 Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy
1998-2014 Party of Italian Communists
1998-2007 Democrats of the Left
1946-1995 Italian Social Movement
1943-1994 Christian Democracy
1946-1951 Movement for the Independence of Sicily Still used in Sicilian separatism
1943-1946
1923-1943 National Fascist Party
1919–1923
1926-1991 Italian Communist Party
1951–1991
early 19th century Carbonari
other
2016–present Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana
Link to file 2007–present Banner used in protests helmed by South Tyrolean Freedom.
1996–present Flag of Padanian nationalism
1945–present War flag of the Italian Social Republic, currently popular fascist flag
1990-2007 Youth Left
1977–1981 Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari
1970–1988
1990s–2000s
Red Brigades
1960–1976 National Vanguard
1956-1973 Ordine Nuovo
1929–1945 Giustizia e Libertà
1943–1944 Volunteers of Freedom Corps
1923-1943 Voluntary Militia for National Security, paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party.
1921–1924 Arditi del Popolo
1921–1924 Arditi del Popolo, section Civitavecchia.

Ethnic groups flags

Flag Date Company Description
1920–present Flag of Ladins

House flags

Flag Date Company Description
current
1947–present Grimaldi Group
1921–present Messina Line
former
1932-2002 Italian Line
1937-1988 Sitmar Cruises

Citations

  1. ^ Namely Istrian Italians and Dalmatian Italians
  2. ^ IL NOSTRO SALENTO...LA SUA E NOSTRA BANDIERA... LA STORIA DEI MESSAPI, retrieved 2023-06-11

References