The national flag of Italy is a tricolor consisting of three vertical stripes: green red and white. The flag was adopted earlier then a State was founded on this territory but even the local people are not sure about what these colors mean. Most of them believe that green means belief, white hope and green love.
The history of the main national symbol dates back to the 17th century but official versions about how it appeared are different. The most popular of them is connected with two students of the university who made a rebel. In honor of them authorities decided to use colors of their clothes on the national flag. Since then the flag has been changed several times, on one of proposed variants an eagle like a symbol of the state was printed. Some specialists think that the flag was borrowed from French one but not many people know that before flag had a horizontal orientation. Flag has now its official birthday though it is not and official day off but all the citizens celebrate it.