The flag of Italy is it's peoples pride and joy, and just like any other nation - the green, white and red has it's own story to tell. The first version of the flag was created near the end of the in 17th century, following Napoleon Bonaparte's very successful campaign in Italy. Influenced in part by the French flag, it has evolved over several hundred years. It is vertically divided into three equal sections of green, white, and red. One theory on the colour scheme is that green represents hope, white - faith and red - charity. Another version is that the green represents the magnificent Italian landscape, white represents the snow covered Alps caps, and red - the bloodshed which brought about the independence of Italy.