Arms of Pescara, Italy


Granted 1928

Blazon: Per pale a river issuant from three mountains flowing into the sea in base, thereon a sailboat, all proper and vert a boar counter-passant also proper

If you’re wondering, yes, Pescara is largely hilly, rising up into mountains, and it is where the Aterno-Pescara river meets the Adriatic Sea. The first half of the shield is basically just a representation of these geographical characteristics (not super creative, but okay). The boar teases a better story, but I can’t find anything about it other than the fact that wild boar are native to the region.

Arms of Veneto, Italy


Arms of Veneto, Italy

Granted 1975

Blazon: Azure the sea proper in base surmounted by a rocky mountain also in base, thereon a winged lion passant and nimbed, the dexter forepaw resting on an open book all proper emblazoned with PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEUS sable

The Lion of St. Mark has been a symbol of Venice and the surrounding area going back to at least 1261, possibly earlier. The legend goes that St. Mark was shipwrecked in the Venetian lagoons when an angel in the form of a winged lion appeared and proclaimed “Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus. Hic requiescet corpus tuum.” (Peace to you, Mark, my evangelist. Your body will rest here.) Later authorities claimed the lion was a symbol of majesty, the book stood for wisdom, and the halo for piety, but this sounds very much like the sort of post hoc rationalization that was common in later centuries.