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Since the very beginning, the tricolor was clearly inspired by the three bands of equal size of the French flag of 1790, although different colours were chosen for the Italian version. During Risorgimento, the red, white and green flag was no longer perceived as a sign of dynastic or military, but as a symbol of the people, freedom of the conquered, and thus the nation itself. Since then, everywhere in Italy these three colours started being associated to a common hope, igniting enthusiasm and inspiration.
A few decades later, when the season of '48 and the granting of the Constitution was opened, the tricolor was chosen as a symbol of the national rescue. On March 17, 1861, when the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed, the Italian flag did not change, and the same happened after the birth of the Republic.
Today, the history of the tricolor is broadly documented in the Museo del Tricolore of Reggio Emilia, the city in which the flag was inaugurated. As recently reminded by Italy magazine, "The Museo del Tricolore is divided into two sections, charting the evolution of both the flag and the country from the Napoleonic era to the present day. It catalogues incarnations of the Tricolore as it adjusted over the years to reach its current form, presenting the story alongside documents, sculptures, portraits, costumes and other ephemera." It is a tiny museum, but it is beautiful, and perfect to understand the importance of Italian flag for the Italian people.