CIASCUN CHE DELLA BELLA INSEGNA PORTA DEL GRAN BARONE … DA ESSO EBBE MILIZIA E PRIVILEGIO; AVVEGNA CHE CON POPOL SI RAUNI OGGI COLUI CHE LA FASCIA COL FREGIO.
DANTE, PAR., XVI, 127-132.
EACH ONE THAT BEARS THE BEAUTIFUL ESCUTCHEON OF THE GREAT BARON…. KNIGHTHOOD AND PRIVILEGE FROM HIM RECEIVED; THOUGH WITH THE POPULACE UNITES HIMSELF TO-DAY THE MAN WHO BINDS IT WITH A BORDER.
Among the noble Florentine families who were awarded the order of chivalry by Ugo Marchese di Toscana (the "Great Baron"- buried in the Badia Fiorentina - who moved the seat of the marquisate from Lucca to Florence) was that one of the Della Bella, whose coat of arms was adorned with a golden band. Here, in particular, reference is to Giano Della Bella, who sided with the people, signing his famous "Ordinances of Justice" of 1293.
Lapide Dantesca: case dei Della Bella
Via dei Cerchi, Firenze