• Italy's flag is a tricolor banner of red, white and green. Italy adopted this flag in 1946, the year the nation became a republic and one year after the end of World War II.


    The Italian tricolor consists of three equal vertical bands of, from left, green, white and red.


    In ancient heraldic traditions, green signifies joy, hope and love. White symbolizes purity and peace, while red stands for bravery and valor.


    Under another interpretation of the Italian flag's colors, green signifies Italy's land; white, the snow-capped Alps; and red, the blood shed for Italy's independence.

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    The colors of the Italian flag extend to the early 1800s. The flag's current design is similar to a flag designed by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who ruled Italy at the time.


    Previous Italian flags had the same color scheme, but also featured a coat of arms in the center.


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