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The Italian Flag

THE ITALIAN FLAG

            The flag of Italy(bandiera d'Italia, often referred to in Italian as il Tricolore) is a tricolour rectangle diveded in three equally sized vertical pales of green, white, and red, with the green at the left side. Its current form was formally adopted on 1 January 1948.

The first entity to use the Italian tricolour was the Cispadane Republic in 1797, after Napoleon's victorious army crossed Italy. The colours chosen by the Republic were red and white, the colours of the flag of Milan, and green, which was the colour of the uniform of the Milanese civic guard.

Some have attributed particular values to the colours, and a common interpretation is that the green represents the country's plains and the hills; white, the snow-capped Alps; and red, blood spilt in the Wars of Italian Independence.

There is also a religious interpretation of these colors in the flag of Italy, to which green represents hope, white represents faith and red represents charity.

 

 

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