Il Tricolore, The Italian Flag by Angelo Sita







The Italian Flag is known as the Tricolore consists of three equal size bans of color which are green, white and red.  The color green should always be displayed to the left or on top.

There are several explanations for the symbolism and/or history of the Tricolore.  One is that it was designed by Napoleon and is modeled after the French flag.

Another explanation uses the tradition meaning of each color.  These are Green – Hope, Joy or Love; White – Peace and Honesty;  Red – Bravery, Strength or Valor.  Another interpretation of these colors is:  Green – Hope; White – Faith; Red – Charity.  These are the three theological virtues.

Still another description of these is:  Green represents the green fields of Italy, White represents the snow in the Alps and Red for the bloodshed that was shed in the unification of Italy.

Milan claims that the Italian Flag took the White and Red from their civic flag and Green from the color of the uniforms of the Milan civic guard.

The Pantone Company of New Jersey has established the official colors that are used around the world in printing and textiles.  In 2006 the Italian government specified that the official colors of the flag, according to the colors established by the Pantone should be:  Fern Green, Bright White and Flame Scarlet.

Like the American Flag, the Italian Flag has undergone many changes over the years.  When Italy was a monarchy, the flag had the Coat of Arms of the House of Savoy in the middle of the white field.  After the Italian populace voted to end the monarchy in 1946, the current flag was adopted and it is the flag that is used to this day, with some slight modifications in color.


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