Colours have always marked Italian politics so finding an unattached one for the Popolo Viola was not easy. The grassroots movement that began in 2009 took purple so as not to be too obviously colour-coded. It is a touch lugubrious but is certainly not associated with any particular party and, as one supporter pointed out, it suggests the five petals of the pansy or viola del pensiero in Italian. Purple is also the colour of Fiorentina, Florence