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Lugano commune (Ticino canton, Switzerland)

Last modified: 2023-10-07 by martin karner
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[Flag of Lugano] image by Pascal Gross

Gules, a cross throughout argent, between the upper case serif letters L, V, G and A (respectively in the I, II, III and IV quarters).
António Martins, 1 July 1998

"L V G A" on the Flag of Lugano means "La Vera Giustizia Antica".
Matteo Huber, 30 April 2002

Gastone Cambin in the "Armorial of the communes of Ticino" says that there has been a lot of strange conjectures about the meaning of the letters LVGA. It is obvious that they are simply the abbreviation of Lugano as it is proved by the primitive coat of arms of the parish, and which is confirmed by documents from 18 October 1208 and 14 November 1209, preserved once in the monastery of Sant'Ambrogio of Milan, but now undiscoverable. Cambin never alludes to "La Vera Giustizia Antica" in his approach of the coat of arms of Lugano and I'm inclined to think that the meaning quoted by Mr. Huber has expanded recently but without solid background.
Pascal Gross, 2 May 2002

[On 4 April 2004 Breganzona, Cureggia, Davesco-Soragno, Gandria, Pambio-Noranco, Pazzallo, Pregassona and Viganello merged into Lugano; and so did the communes of Barbengo, Carabbia and Villa Luganese on 20 April 2008. On 13 April 2013 Bogno, Certara, Cimadera and Valcolla, and on 14 April 2013 Cadro and Carona joined them (see below)]

Barbengo (until 19 April 2008)

[Flag of Barbengo] image by Pascal Gross

Gules a numeral 8 argent and in base two laurel branches of the same fruited or in saltire.
Željko Heimer, 25 June 2003

The number 8 on the flag of Barbengo probably refers to the 8 fractions of the commune (Barbengo, Cadepiano, Casaccia, Casoro, Cernesio, Figino, Garaverio and Rampiga).
Pascal Gross, 24 June 2003

Bogno (until 12 April 2013)

[Flag of Bogno] image by Pascal Gross

Or an oak vert trunked sable issuant from a mount of the second with a bar wavy argent.
Željko Heimer, 26 June 2003

The tree on the flag of Bogno is an oak.
Pascal Gross, 26 June 2003

Breganzona (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Breganzona] image by Pascal Gross

The item under the lions on the flag of Breganzona is a cap with a tassel.
Pascal Gross, 27 June 2003

Cadro (until 13 April 2013)

[Flag of Cadro] image by Pascal Gross

Vert a unicorn salient argent gorged with a crown or.
Željko Heimer, 29 June 2003

Carabbia (until 19 April 2008)

[Flag of Carabbia] image by Pascal Gross

Or on a pale gules a crozier of the first issuant and behind a mitre argent lined of the first.
Željko Heimer, 3 July 2003

The flag of Carabbia alludes to the bishop S. Siro
Pascal Gross, 2 July 2003

This is St. Syrus of Genoa (d. c.380), a parish priest at St. Romulus (San Remo), he became bishop of Genoa and served in that position for 65 years. He is principal patron of Genoa (July 7). He was San Siro, and it is alleged that he was born in the village of San Siro di Struppa.
Jarig Bakker, 2 July 2003

Carona (until 13 April 2013)

[Flag of Carona] image by Pascal Gross

Azure a church argent with windows and doors gules on a cliff of the second issuant from a lake proper in the base.
Željko Heimer, 3 July 2003

Certara (until 12 April 2013)

[Flag of Certara] image by Pascal Gross

Or a rose gules between two piles issuant from the base reaching the chief.
Željko Heimer, 3 July 2003

On the flag of Certara, the rose symbolizes the position of the village between two mounts: i Denti della Vecchia (the teeth of the old woman) and il Garzirola.
Pascal Gross, 3 July 2003

Cimadera (until 12 April 2013)

[Flag of Cimadera] image by Pascal Gross

Per cevron reaching the chief azure and argent overall two towers gules.
Željko Heimer, 3 July 2003

Cureggia (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Cureggia] image by Pascal Gross

Azure a church argent roofed gules issuant from coupeaux vert and in canton a sun in splendour or.
Željko Heimer, 5 July 2003

Davesco-Soragno (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Davesco-Soragno] image by Pascal Gross

Per pale argent and gules overall an oak tree eradicated counterchanged.
Željko Heimer, 5 July 2003

The colours on the flag of Davesco-Soragno recall the existence of two localities but united in one commune, symbolized by the oak, sign of strength and prosperity.
Pascal Gross, 5 July 2003

Gandria (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Gandria] image by Pascal Gross

Per pile inverted reaching the chief or in dexter a crozier gules couped per bend sinistre and in sinistre a bull's head caboshed sable ringed and langued gules and argent in a cross gules a fleur-de-lis or and in chief a cross couped argent.
Željko Heimer, 5 July 2003

Pambio-Noranco (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Pambio-Noranco] image Pascal Gross

The vegetable on the flag of Pambio-Noranco is a rape (in Italian rapa) after the nickname given to the inhabitants of Pambio and the animal is a frog (in Italian rana) after the nickname given to the inhabitants of Noranco.
Pascal Gross, 11 July 2003

Pazzallo (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Pazzallo] image by Pascal Gross

Azure a Maltese cross argent an in chief a mullet and a crescent or.
Željko Heimer, 14 July 2003

Pregassona (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Pregassona] image by Pascal Gross

Gules a pale wavy argent between a sinister semi mill wheel and a belfry with roof and four windows two and two all or.
Željko Heimer, 15 July 2003

Valcolla (until 12 April 2013)

[Flag of Valcolla] image by Pascal Gross

Azure a garbe or on a base vert.
Željko Heimer, 17 July 2003

Viganello (until 3 April 2004)

[Flag of Viganello] image by Pascal Gross

Vert a municipal house argent and a bar wavy of the same in base.
Željko Heimer, 19 July 2003

The building on the flag of Viganello is the Mugina, the municipal building.
Pascal Gross, 18 July 2003

Villa Luganese (until 19 April 2008)

[Flag of Villa Luganese] image by Pascal Gross

Per bend sable and argent.
Željko Heimer, 19 July 2003