The Flag of Italy has been in use since June 19, 1946 and was formally adopted on January 1, 1948. A common interpretation is that the green represents the country's plains and the hills; white, the snow-capped Alps; and red, blood spilt in the Wars of Italian Independence. A more religious interpretation is that the green represents hope, the white represents faith, and the red represents charity; this references the three theological virtues.
Paul Walker During the Premiere of the New Movie From Paramount Pictures' Flags of Our Fathers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater on October 9, 2006, in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Michael Germana- Globe Photos, Inc. 2006