The red and white colors of this flag were derived from the flag of Milan while the green color was derived from the uniform of a civic guard of Milan. The colors have been translated to mean different things. The green color stands for prosperity, while white represents peace and red is a symbol of sacrifice. Physically, the green color represents the beautiful meadows and hills of Italy, white represents the snowy Alps while red symbolizes the fertile soil of Italy. Spiritually, the red color represents hope and white represents faith while the red color symbolizes charity.

What Do the Flag's Colors and Symbols Mean?

The colours of the flag of Italy each have their own meanings. Green signifies prosperity and the meadows of Italy, white symbolizes peace and the snowy Alps and red stands for sacrifice and red soil.

Who Designed the Flag?

The first version of the flag of Italy was first created by the Cispadane Republic in 1797. This came after Napoleon’s successful campaign in Italy. The origin of the flag, however, was three years before, when two students of Bologna, Luigi Zamboni and Giovanni Batista De Rolandis, led an uprising against Australian absolutist powers in Bologna. They had chosen a cockade of the Paris revolution as an emblem. To differentiate it with that of France, they swapped blue with green.

What Have Historical Versions of the Flag Looked Like?

Italy has used different flag designs over the years, although the red, white and green colors have always held prominence. Previously, Italy has used the flag as it appears today with the ensign in the center.

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