Date: 3 JUNE 2018
Time: 09.00 – 10.00 – 11.00 – 12.00 – 13.00
Place: Arengario di Palazzo Vecchio – Piazza della Signoria
The institutional symbolism of the Florentine Historical Football and of the “Corteo della Repubblica” refers to the heraldic coats of arms and to the insignia of the last Florentine Republic.
The symbols of the four districts that are always represented on the blue field, are also a symbol of the colors that are associated with the district and are also represented by the Combat Flags of the color of the teams with the original symbol on a blue background.
The insignia of the Florentine Republic are the Weapons of the Republic, coats of arms and symbols that have a precise meaning:
– White lily in the red field: the oldest sign of the city, adopted by the “Ghibellini”;
– Shield of two camps, one white and one red: the arms of Fiesole and Florence joined, from 1010. In forming a unique defensive league, Florence withdrew the lily and Fiesole the half moon and the fields remained empty.
– Red lily in the white field: coat of arms adopted by the “Guelfi” of the city in 1251 when they had supremacy over the Ghibellines who kept the old sign.
– Red cross in the white field: arme del Popolo, when Giano della Bella was Gonfaloniere di Giustizia.
– Eagle gripping the dragon with golden lily on the head: the “Guelfi” portion, also received by Clement VI.
The colors, in addition to their symbolic value, give emotions and suggestions to those who observe them. Each group belonging to the parade has its own sign that represents it and distinguishes it. The “Gonfalone del Corteo” in which the red lily is represented in the white field underwritten by Fiorenza, is escorted by the armed and drags the various components, each time different depending on the occasion for which the parade is called to represent the city.
The Historic Procession of the Florentine Republic, the only one to represent the city institutionally, is set up to accompany the Calcianti teams for the traditional “Calcio Fiorentino” . Historically the procession leaves from Piazza Santa Maria Novella to reach Piazza Santa Croce through the streets of the historic city center. On other occasions, the procession parades in a reduced form, but no less suggestive.