Originally this was the national flag of the Cisalpine Republic, founded by Napoleon. The flag's design was influenced by the French Tricolore and was in use from May 11, 1798, to Aug 20, 1802. It was reintroduced in 1848 by the King of Sardinia, who charged the white stripe with his arms of Savoy and in 1861 this became the national flag of the united Italy. In 1946 the arms were removed from the flag.
Flag Date of Adoption
19 June 1946
Three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and red; similar to the flag of Ireland, which is longer and is green (hoist side), white, and orange; also similar to the flag of the Cote d'Ivoire, which has the colors reversed - orange (hoist side), white, and green