History of the Italian Flag

Some Interesting Facts about the Italian Flag
The Italian Flag

 

Can you remember off hand the colors of the Italian flag ? Think of 10 countries whose flags you know . . . most probably Italy is among that group. The Italian flag owes it notoriety to  all the Italian food places that sell pizza, pasta, gelato that have 'invaded' the world. It is strange because Italians are not as proud of their flag as Americans are of the Stars & Stripes. You will very rarely see a house in Italy with the flag on the front porch. But I think very few Italians would feel comfortable damaging in any way their flag. Anyway, in Italy it is forbidden to burn, destroy or damage the flag. This is the law in Italian:

 

Art. 292 (Vilipendio o danneggiamento alla bandiera o ad altro emblema dello Stato). - Chiunque vilipende con espressioni ingiuriose la bandiera nazionale o un altro emblema dello Stato é punito con la multa da euro 1.000 a euro 5.000. La pena é aumentata da euro 5.000 a euro 10.000 nel caso in cui il medesimo fatto sia commesso in occasione di una pubblica ricorrenza o di una cerimonia ufficiale. ) Chiunque pubblicamente e intenzionalmente distrugge, disperde, deteriora, rende inservibile o imbratta la bandiera nazionale o un altro emblema dello Stato é punito con la reclusione fino a due anni."

 

However, Bossi from the Lega Nord ( North League ) did publicly burn the Italian flag in one of his political demonstrations and I do not think he was punished by the state in any form. Hopefully he lost some votes however.

-Paolo

 

 

The Italian Flag and its Many Changes

The design of the Italian flag has undergone numerous changes throughout Italy's history. In fact, one could say that the chronicle of the Italian flag represents the incredible journey in history which eventually united the Italian people under one nation.

 

In the late 18th century, several Italian regions adopted a tricolor flag of green, white, and red. The tricolor was an inspiration from the French republics located in the northern parts of Italy, which were occupied by Napoleon's army during that time. The Italian tricolor was officially adopted by the Cisalpine Republic in 1798. This flag was in the shape of a square, and the three colors were represented in vertical bands.

 

Italy: Flag 1860 Kingdom of Italy

 

In 1802, the Italian Republic was formed and adopted a new flag. This flag was still comprised of the same three colors, but was altered in design, although it was still in the shape of a square. The flag of the Italian Republic was red with a white rhombus in the center and a green square in the middle of the white.

 

The Italian Republic soon became the Kingdom of Italy in 1805, when Napoleon became emperor. The flag of the Kingdom of Italy was similar to that of the Italian Republic, except that the square flag became rectangular in shape, and the eagle of Napoleon was added into the center of the former design. This flagged remained in use during Napoleon's rule, which lasted until 1814.

 

The Italian states were not widely united under one flag again until the year of 1848. In this year, the tricolor flag was again adopted as the national Italian flag, with vertical stripes of red, white, and green. Savoy's coat of arms was displayed in the center of this flag. The Venetian and Roman regions later adopted similar flags, which further symbolized the progressing unity of the Italian states.

 

By the time Rome was appointed as the capital city of the Kingdom of Italy in 1872, a crown had been added to the center of the tricolor flag by King Vittorio Emmanuele II. The crown and Savoy's coat of arms remained as a part of Italy's flag until Italy officially became a republic in 1946, ending the monarchy rule. The flag now consisted only of the red, white, and green vertical stripes. This design has remained as Italy's national flag to date.

 

Italy Fascist flag

 

Colors of the Italian Flag

The colors of the Italian flag can be interpreted in two different ways. One is that green symbolizes hope, while white represents faith and red signifies charity. Another interpretation pronounces green to be the symbol of the Italian landscape, white as the representation of the snow capping the mountains of the Alps, and red symbolizing the bloodshed that brought about the independence of Italy as a nation. All of these symbols embody the presence of unity and nationalism among the Italian people.

 

You can also read: Italian Flag on the Table

Italian Flag on the table
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By Elizabeth Walling

(Intro By Paolo Nascimbeni)

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Thursday, November 10TH, 2011 by Guest

I would like to know how Paolo can say Italians are not proud of their flag, did he have a survey? did they all expressed that to him? Where do these "facts" come from? I think he just took it upon himself to speak for all of them and that can't be called a fact!

Thursday, November 10TH, 2011 by PaoloNascimbeni

Hello If you read carefully I did not write that Italians are not proud of their flag - I wrote " Italians are not as proud of their flag as Americans" - I live in both countries and I assure you there is a huge difference in attitude toward the flag - It is not a personal opinion -  Wherever you go in the US you see flags even houses sometimes have a post just to hold the flag - I never seen this in Italy except on government places - While in the US ( at least in my area ) most large car dealers have a huge American Flag this too does not happen in Italy

Friday, December 02TH, 2011 by Guest

I love italy i would love to live in italy i live in the U.S so italy is not tha bad so be quit about it

Sunday, January 22TH, 2012 by Guest

i want to go there so bad

Tuesday, January 24TH, 2012 by Guest

wow

Tuesday, January 24TH, 2012 by Guest

italy is awesome

Friday, March 09TH, 2012 by Guest

Italy is my home country regardless of the unpleasant issues that have evolved over the past years to present, I am proud of my heritage and love Italy with all my heart.

Monday, April 30TH, 2012 by Guest

What a load of rubbish, everywhere in Italy you can see the flag displayed outside homes by the Italian people. I live here and even have one outside my house. Whoever wrote this needs to do their research first

Tuesday, May 22TH, 2012 by Guest

you dont know if he did or didnt those might be true facts some people know things more then others

Wednesday, October 24TH, 2012 by Guest

I love Italy I've always wanted to go there but I really am doing this research because I have to do a research paper for History. T_T

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