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image by Jaume OllÚ, 19 July 2008
ComunitÓ Montana Valsesia is located in Piedmont, in Vercelli
Province, next to Valle d'Aosta Region, on the southern slopes of
Santa Rosa Massif.
Valsesia is inhabited largely by the Germanic people, speaking Walser, an allemanic dialect, who settled there in the Middle Ages.
Valsesians are the part of the larger Walser nation found in Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria. The Community enjoys a broad cultural autonomy and significant degree of self-government. The capital is in the village of Alagna (Im Land, in Walser), a skiing paradise.
The flag of Valsesia was reported in Jaume OllÚ's "Flag Report" some years ago alonside several other variants of it. It appears also at "Bandiere dei Popoli" with different stripes' arrangement and in combination with the Walser flag, and at some Padanian websites featuring flags of its components. More info at: <www.valsesia.it> and Italian wikipedia.
The flag features the golden Valsesian eagle holding two mountain-tops in its claws, between which is a valley with the flowing river. All this is superimposed on the field of eight alternating white and green stripes. The motto of Valsesia says: "Semper Eadem Nec Mutor In Fide".
Chrystian Kretowicz, 19 July 2008