Size of this Italian flag patch: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)
The flag of Italy consists of three equal sized vertical stripes:
- The left stripe is green
- The middle stripe is white
- The right stripe is red
The Italian flag is based on the design of the French flag. Some people say that the colors of the Italian flag may have been based on military uniforms from Milan. Others suggest Napoleon Bonaparte replaced the blue of the French flag with green because he liked the color.
Fact about the Italian flag patch:
Umberto Bossi, the leader of the anti-European Northern League party, was handed a 16-month suspended sentence for referring to the Italian flag as toilet paper in 1997. A judge convicted the then 59-year-old politician of contempt and sentenced him to 16 months in prison but also suspended the term, meaning Bossi didn't have to go to jail.