Tuesday, June 21, 2011
City of Florence
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the coat-of-arms of Florence, capital city of Tuscany (Toscana) in Italy.
Florence was established by the Roman general Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 80 BC as a settlement for his veteran soldiers. It was originally named Fluentia, owing the fact that it was built between two rivers, which was later corrupted to Florentia, meaning blooming. It is from this later name that the city's arms derive.
The blazon: Argent, a fleur-de-lys flory Gules. Which is to say, a white or silver background with a particularly flowery form of fleur-de-lys, itself a stylised heraldic lily.
It is considered the birth-place of the Italian Renaissance. I have never been, but would love to (off season of course, without the crowds)