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Cadenazzo commune (Ticino canton, Switzerland)

Last modified: 2023-09-09 by martin karner
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[Flag of Cadenazzo] image located by Martin Karner

The pole refers to the important road connecting the three centers Bellinzona, Lugano and Locarno. The gate remembers the castle that was destroyed in the Italian wars.

On 14 March 2005 Cadenazzo merged with Robasacco (see below), keeping its name and emblem. On 19 June 2006 the municipal council decreed a modification of the emblem: In order to represent the new fraction of Robasacco, the right tower became yellow, while the left one remained red, representing the fraction of Cadenazzo. (source)

Cadenazzo (until 18 June 2006)

[Flag of Cadenazzo] image by Pascal Gross

Azure a Pale Argent and overall a Castle embatteled Gules.
Željko Heimer, 13 January 2003

Robasacco (until 13 March 2005)

[Flag of Robasacco] image by Pascal Gross

Azure an Arm embowed issuant from dexter clead Gules holding a Moneybag Or.
Željko Heimer, 16 January 2003

The flag of Robasacco is canting. From ruba (third person of the verb rubare = to steal) and sacco (bag, sack).
Pascal Gross, 15 January 2003

[The region of the Monte Ceneri pass and especially the village of Robasacco were inhabited by brigands for centuries.
Travelers on the international route over the Monte Ceneri were attacked and robbed. On the night of October 12th to 13th,
1864, the last stagecoach robbery took place. It had ten passengers. During the attack in the Robasacco forest, the traveler
Luigi Lattuada was killed by a pistol shot while attempting to escape. Postilion Pietro Berta was left disfigured on the chin
after being injured by a pistol. The leader of the robbers was Costantino Gianotti. After the other perpetrators, he was the
last to be caught in Milan and sentenced to death on November 22, 1866. However, the judgment was not carried out. (source, source)

This emblem is proved since 1673 (Codice Cremosano), which makes it to one of the most extraordinary emblems ever
(together with the name). What was behind this embarrassing self-exposure as "bandits' land"? Was it a sort of proud?
Rebellion? Or was it imposed to them by their rulers as a warning or punishment? One thing is sure: It was no marketing gag
as it could have been in the 20th or 21th century only. Maybe local historians could tell us something.]

See also:   Monteceneri commune