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Regione Siciliana, Sicilia

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by Mello Luchtenberg, 18 April 2001

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Description of Symbols

Sicily Coat of Arms is taken from: located by Jarig Bakker 1999

The gonfalon and the coat of arms were adopted on the 28th July 1990. The coat of arms is a XIXc. French shield divided per bend or and gules with a three-legged emblem charged with the head of a gorgon in flesh color. The gonfalon is quartered yellow and red with on a blue field a XIXc. French shield quartered: in the first, azure a bend checkered argent and gules; in the second, argent a crowned eagle sable; in the third, argent the three-leggs emblem in flesh color; in the fourth or four pales gules flanked by two crowned eagles sable on a field argent. The words Regione siciliana appear in white under. There isn’t any official flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 22 September 1998

Sicily adopted 20 July 1982 arms and gonfanon. 17 May 1988 the arms were modified (I don't have information about the gonfanon, but perhaps was never manufactured). 15 December 1988 was adopted the current design of arms that were included in the gonfanon.
Jaume Olle , 25 September 1998

These dates are strange. The only date I have is the one I gave: 28th July 1990. The law didn't abolish a former one
Pascal Vagnat, 26 September 1998

The flag on top is listed under number 56 at the chart "Flags of Aspirant Peoples" [asp] as : "Sicily (Sicilia) - South Italy." - Banner of the arms described above.
Ivan Sache , September 1999

Law 1 dated 4 Jauary 2000 adopting the regional flag (until now the flag was only unofficial) was published in "Gazzeta ufficiales della regione siciliana" in issue 1 year 54, dated in palermo Friday 7 Januay 2000. The flag is 2:3 and the emblem (stemma) is 3/5 of the flag
Article 1 of the law dated 28 July 1990 is ammended in order to add the flag as "simboli uffficiale della Regione" (official symbol of the region)
Flag must be hoisted at 15 May (autonomy day) 25 May (date of the first sesion of the regional assembly) and when is disposed by the president of the region
Flag is dispalyed in the outside of the Regional Assembly, Presidency of the region, central and peripherical offices of the regional government and their dependences, dependencies under control of the region, houses of the sicilian provinces, and in the sicilian communes (also in Sicilian university and scholastic institute). It also must be hoisted when people vote for the regional assembly, in the votation hedquartes and dependencies.
Source: Official gazette posted to me by Mario Dalcieri
Jaume Olle', 18 June 2000

There is the flag (or gonfalone) with the coat of arms in the center. The arms are described as: French shield quartered: in the first, azure a bend checkered argent and gules; in the second, argent a crowned eagle sable; in the third, argent the three-leggs emblem in flesh color; in the fourth or four pales gules flanked by two crowned eagles sable on a field argent. The words Regione siciliana appear in white under.
Dirk Schonberger, 31 October 2000

Outside a coffee shop near my home in Brookline (MA), USA, is a flag which it is divided diagonally yellow over red (yellow was uppermost and not red as in the official flag) . The owner said it was "the flag of Sicily" and that the device thereon (which I could not see, the flag hanging just the wrong way) was the "trinacria". The official Sicilian flag is diagonally red over yellow and has a full CoA in the center. Is the one at the coffee shop an unofficial variant or an official one or just an error?
Al Kirsch, 10 August 2000

Currently the Trinacria is a bit different and certainly is diagonally divided red and yellow. Until some months ago a flag with arms was "de facto"  flag, but in year 2000 a new flag was adopted, with a different CoA.
Jaume Olle', 10 August 2000

This is the official Sicilian flag, finally approved by a recent law in the Sicilian Parliament.
Daniel Taddone, 8 November 2000

It is not exactly, but very close. Image in a issue 18 of Flag report.
Jaume Olle', 11 November 2000

On Sicily, I didrepeatedly see the regional flag of Sicily - the red and yellow diagonal bicolor with the Trinacria at the center; One finds it in front of hotels, a few shops and flying from city halls. The same design (as a shield) is worn by police as lapel insignia in their service uniform.
Norman Martin, 26 November 2000

According to Roberto Breschi the official flag is charged with the shield. However since the diagonal line on the shield isn't connected the the diagonal line of the flag, this official flag is rarely used and the flag in use is the one without with the shield.
Dov Gutterman, 2 August 2001

The Gonfalone

by Mello Luchtenberg, 29 July 2002

Based on a photo from < >.
Mello Luchtenberg, 29 July 2002

Previous Regional Flag

by Jaume Olle', 10 August 2000

The Trinacria

Sicily has an official symbol, the Trinacria, something like the device of Isle of Man.
Giuseppe Bottasini, 22 November 1995

Curiously enough, there has been some academic work done to establish whether there is a connection between the Manx and Sicilian three-legged emblem. I think the consensus is that it is just a coincidence. There's a theory that the Sicilian legs reflect the island's supposed triangular shape, but I think that's a little weak given the historical vagueness of maps of the island. One difference between the two emblems is that the Manx legs are always armored, currently in full armor and historically in chain mail. The Sicilian legs, however, are always bare - which may be a reflection on the climatic differences between the Med and the Irish Sea! In its traditional form the Sicilian device had a Mesusa's head at the junction of the three legs. Make of that symbolism what you will!
Stuart Notholt, 9 October 1996

The flag (a red and yellow stripes of Catalonia, with a "Trinacria" in the canton was used in the last times of the WWII. Later was used a yellow flag with the "Trinacria" (this a spanish word, but I don't remember the translate; this is simlar to the emblem of Man) .On 20 July 1982 were adopted the arms and the gonfalon The suposed flag should be diagonal yellow and red with the shield in the center. Similar one is reported in the australian poster of aspirant peoples .On 17 May 1988 a variation was operate in the arms and perhaps the flag was little changed (a diagonal blue narrow stripe between yellow and red was added). In December 1988 a discusion was started for regioanl symbols. After very complicate administrative resolutions a similar previous flag (the one without blue stripe), arms and gonfanon were adopted 28 July 1990.
Jaume Olle', 3 August 1997

Also on view (in Athens BTW) as part of an advertisement to visit Sicily for the Universiad later this month. The triskelion is shown upon a bhutanese-style flag, square.
Herman De Wael, 6 August 1997

According to the World Encyclopedia of Flags, by A. Znamierovski, 1999: 'The triskelion (from the Greek "three-legged") is one of the oldest symbols known to mankind. The earliest representations of it were found in prehistoric rock carvings in northern Italy. It also appears on Greek vases and coins from the 6th and 8th centuries BC., and was revered by Norse and Sicilian peoples. The Sicilian version has a representation of the head of Medusa in the center. The Manx people believe that the triskelion came from Scandinavia. According to Norse mythology, the triskelion was a symbol of the movement of the sun through the heavens.'
Jarig Bakker , 27 April 2000

I am interested to find out if there is a Norse connection between the two three legged flags of the Isle of Man and Sicily?
I have seen a few comparisons between the two, but none point to a very important similarity. Norwegian Vikings settled the Isle of Man and had a kingdom there until the 13th Century, While the Normans (descendant of Norwegian Vikings) created a kingdom in Sicily themselves in the 11th and 12th Centuries.So is this the same symbol? Was it brought to Sicily by the Normans as part of their Scandinavian territory?
Mike Jones, 30 September 2002

Around the years 1060/1090, Sicily, where several emirs ruled before, was conquered by the Normans that established a dinasty. This can be the orign of the trinacria?
Jaume Olle', 1 October 2002

The Movement for the Autonomy of the Two Sicilies


This movement for the autonomy of the whole southern Italy uses vertical RYR flag At: and at: a vertical RY flag
Jarig Bakker, 23 October 1999

While visiting , I noticed that they are using now a red over yellow flag with a CoA (not the same as on the region official flag) with inscription on the red stripe
Dov Gutterman, 13 August 2000

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