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Aosta Valley Region (Italy)

Regione Autonome Valle d'Aosta, Vallée d'Aoste, Région Autonome Vallée d'Aoste

Last modified: 2013-01-20 by rob raeside
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[The flag of Aosta Valley]
image by Jaume Ollé, 18 July 1996

See also:


For municipalities, see Aosta Valley Province


The traditional flag is red and black.
Alessio Bragadini, 25 November 1995

Black and red flag that was undulating in various places. Hoisted 1947. Ratio 2.3.
Jaume Ollé, 18 July 1996

The Gonfalone and the Coat of Arms were adopted on the 13th July 1987. The coat of arms was however already used by the Province of Aosta and the region since it was created after the Second World War. The Coat of Arms is sable a lion argent tongued and armed gules, the shield being surmounted by an antic crown or. The gonfalone is vertically divided red and black with the coat of arms in the middle and the words Région autonome Vallée d'Aoste above and Regione autonoma Valle d’Aostain gold under.
There is a flag, not officially adopted, black-red for the region since the years 1940s. In March 1947, the Council of the Valley wrote a statute of autonomy for the region. In this statute, the article 3 said that the flag of the region was black and red. This project of statute was transmitted in May 1947 to the state authorities, but since this appeared as granting too much autonomy for the region, this statute was rejected. The discussions about the statute brought many reactions in the national assembly and a proposal of inserting an alinea in the article 3 of the statute, recognizing the black-red flag as the official flag of the Valley was rejected by the majority of the commissioners, the flag being considered by Rome as a separatist flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 22 September 1998

This flag is listed under number 51 at the chart "Flags of Aspirant Peoples" [eba94] as: "Val d'Aosta (Valdôtain francophones) - North-West Italy." I think that not all Valdotains are francophones. I imagine their number is decreasing. Official name of the region is "Valle d'Aosta".
Ivan Sache, 22 September 1999

There's no coat of arms in the Valle d'Aosta flag. The coat of arms of the city of Aosta and the region of Valle d'Aosta are different.
Bruno Fracasso, 31 December 2001

The flag is a simple bicolour black and red. There is no coat of arms on it. I think the Flag with Coat of Arms is a variation used by the Union Valdotaine. The flag of the Valley hasn't been adopted officially, but it is official indirectly. It is mentionned in the "statuts / statuto" of each commune. Example: Statuts of the commune of Charvensod, Bulletin officiel de la région autonome Vallée d'Aoste, 12 February. "Article 7-4: (translation) "In the cases mentionned in the law, the flag of the Autonomous Region Valley of Aosta flies always with the flags of the Italian Republic and the European Union."
The Gonfalone and the Coat of Arms were adopted be Presidential decree of the 13th Juny 1987.
Pascal Vagnat, 2 May 2003

The Italian autonomous region of Valley d'Aosta has, at last, officially adopted its black and red flag. The flag was officially adopted with the Regional Law n°6 of the 16th of March 2006 (in French : Loi régionale n° 6 du 16 mars 2006, portant dispositions propres à mettre en valeur l'autonomie et réglementation des signes distinctifs de la Région. Abrogation de la loi régionale n° 2 du 20 avril 1958/ in Italian: Legge regionale 16 marzo 2006, n. 6. Disposizioni per la valorizzazione dell'autonomia e disciplina dei segni distintivi della Regione. Abrogazione della legge regionale 20 aprile 1958, n. 2.).
The text carries provisions as concerns the Day of the regional Statute, the Day of the Valley of Aosta, the characteristics and use of the coat of arms, of the gonfalon and of the flag, methods of execution of the regional anthem and attribution of regional decorations and other provisions suitable to emphasize the autonomy and the knowledge of the institutions.
Text of the law is at <>. Here is an excerpt (translated):
"Art. 5
(characteristics of the flag)
1. the flag of the Region Area is a fabric of rectangular shape of which height is equal to two thirds of the lenght, vertically divided into two equal parts, one black and the other red, the black part being at the pole".
Pascal Vagnat, 29 May 2006

Flag with Coat of Arms

image by Mello luchtenberg, 13 April 2001

The coat of arms is based on the coat of arms that can been seen on several web pages. All these coat of arms are shown with a crown. My question is: has the flag also a coat of arms with a crown or is it without a crown. I have made the flag first without the crown but I doubt if it is correct.
Mello luchtenberg, 13 April 2001

Variant (?)

image by Mello luchtenberg, 30 July 2002

I found a little picture of the flag of the Italian region "Valle d'Aosta". It looks like the flag above [and other sites] is wrong. The hoist is red instead of black and the fly is black instead of red. The shield on the flag has also a crown just like the CoA of the region.
Mello luchtenberg, 30 July 2002

Actually from that photo, the fly looks blue, not black.
Jorge Candeias, 1 August 2002

This is just a simplification of the gonfalone of that region in form of a flag. The regional flag is black-red and is official though there isn't any law about it.
Pascal Vagnat, 2 August 2002

The Gonfalone

It was officialised in the 1980s and is red-black with the coat of arms in the middle and the words Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta and Région autonome Vallée d'Aoste.
Pascal Vagnat, 2 August 2002

Coat of Arms

image by Mello luchtenberg, 13 April 2001