|Any idea what the colors red, white, and green on the Italian flag represent? The answer might be in Dante's Divine Comedy. Dante wrote that there are three cardinal virtues: hope, faith, and charity. Green symbolizes hope, white symbolizes faith, and red symbolizes charity.|
How do the colors appear on the flag?|
The green is next to the pole, the white is the middle section, and the red is at the end,
a design inspired by the French Revolution. The king's coat of arms was added to the white
- Elvira Sperduto Oliver
I was well into adulthood before I realized that I was an American. Of course I had been born in America, and lived here all of my life, but it somehow never occurred to me that just being a citizen of the United States meant that I was an American. Americans were people who ate peanut butter and jelly on mushy white bread that came out of plastic packages. ME? I WAS ITALIAN.
Italy has a long and rich history. People have lived there for thousands of years,
even predating the Roman Empire as well as the Etruscan and Greek civilizatons.
But Italy as a nation is not very old at all.
In fact, it is younger than the United States of America.
While the USA was still celebrating its centennial and enduring a Civil War, in 1861, that’s when Italy was born.
Before that the Italian peninsuila consisted of a number of city-states and lands controlled by the Roman Catholic Church.