Emblem o Italy

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The emblem o Italy (Italian: emblema della Repubblica italiana) wis adoptit bi the newly formed Italian Republic on 5 Mey 1948. Although aften referred tae as a coat o airms (or stemma in Italian), it is technically an emblem as it wis no designed tae conform tae traditional heraldic rules. The armorial bearings o the Hoose o Savoy, blazoned gules a cross argent, wur previously in uise bi the late Kinrick o Italy; the supporters, on either side a lion rampant Or, substitutit bi fasci littori (literally bundles o the lictors) durin the fascist era. The emblem is uised extensively bi the Italian Government.