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Senate of the Republic image by Zachary Harden, 14 May 2018

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Description of the flag

From an Instagram photo I found a few days ago, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, the newly elected President of the Senate was seen leaving a car with two flags. On the passenger side, it had the national flag and the on the driver's side, it had a blue flag with a yellow "S". After discussions with Italian vexillologist Gianluca Lentini, he was able to tell me this is the flag of the Senate (Senato della Repubblica).

While I am not certain when the flag was adopted, the logo mark of the Senate had formal rules on use that was adopted on December 16, 2008, with Resolution N.24 of the Council of the Presidency of the Senate of the Republic, later published in the Official Gazette (N.38, February 16, 2009).

The logo was created sooner than that law as a patent was filed by the Senate (RM2005 C002232) on April 29, 2005 and has been in use, from what I have found, since 2003.

As for the flag, there are two types. The first is used on vehicles and it is more square in shape. The second flag I found was in the ratio of the national flag (pp 27, 30). I am not certain of any protocols on when they can be used or who can use them.
Zachary Harden, 14 May 2018

Car Flag

image by Zachary Harden, 14 May 2018