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  • The three colors of Italy were established when Napoleon invaded Italy in 1796.

  • Because Napoleon was from France, the Italian flag was influenced by the French flag which is called the tricolore (right).


  • The modern Italian flag, said to have derived from an original design by Napoleon, consists of three vertical bands of equal width, displaying the national colors of Italy: green, white and red.


  • Some say that green was said to be Napoleon's favorite color. Others point to the green of the uniform of the Milanese civic guard.


  • Some have attributed particular values to the colors stating that green represents the country's plains and the hills, white, the snow-capped Alps and red, blood spilled in the Wars of Italian Independence.


  • A more spiritual interpretation is that the green represents hope, the white represents faith and the red represents charity.