Il Giglio


The symbol of Florence adopted in the 13th century is the giglio, or “lily”. It is slightly different that the fleur di lys in that the pistils are evident in the drawings. This symbol has been adopted in modern Florence by the commune as its official symbol. It is abundantly evident throughout the city on signs, buildings, souvenirs, napkins, etc. You can even see it on the Crest of the Medici throughout the city. The Medici crest contains six balls and on the top ball there are engraved 6 gigli.
When you are in Florence, keep an eye out for the giglio. This makes a great game with kids!

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