Italian and Mexican flags together cartoon

Difference between Italian and Mexican flag

The Italian flag is a rectangle, with a ratio of 2:3, divided into three vertical stripes of identical measures, with the colors green, white, and red. It’s like a delicious pizza, with the stripes of the flag representing toppings: basil, mozzarella, and tomato!

But have you noticed how similar the Mexican flag is to the Italian flag? It has some subtle differences, though. You most likely have no idea about these. One of them is its ratio of 4:7, making it a longer rectangle than the Italian flag.

And the other is the colors. In the Mexican flag, green and red are darker than the Italian flag. It’s like the Mexican flag has a little bit of extra spice, just like the salsa you put on your tacos!

Man and woman with Italian and Mexican flags cartoon

But seriously, folks, isn’t it amazing how flags can represent an entire country? 

Origins of the Italian flag

Did you know that Napoleon was not only a conqueror? It turns out he also was a graphic designer! Yeah, that’s right. In 1796, he gave his Italian allies a standard inspired by the French flag. But he didn’t just copy-paste it. He changed the blue to green! And you know why he chose green? He got inspiration from the vegetation of the island of Corsica. I guess Napoleon was a true environmentalist!

But hold on, some think that the green is related to the green uniforms of the militia of Milan. Talk about blending in with the scenery, am I right? And then there’s another version that points out that green is associated with the region of Lombardy. I guess it’s safe to say that green is a pretty popular color in Italy.

Origins of the Mexican flag

Did you know there’s some controversy about which came first, the Italian flag or the Mexican one? Many presume that the Italian flag served as an inspiration for the Mexican one. And although the Mexican tricolor as a national ensign is indeed older, the Italian flag can be linked to Napoleon, thus making it older than the Mexican one.

But, does it really matter which one came first? It’s like arguing about whether pizza or tacos are better. They’re both yummy in their own way! And you know what’s even better than pizza and tacos combined? To be able to wave a flag that represents your country. It’s like having a superhero cape, but for your patriotism!

Difference between Italian and Mexican flag

Besides the differences mentioned at the beginning of the post, the Mexican flag has a special guest in the center of the white strip. Yeah, it’s like a surprise party in the middle of a flag! It’s the National Shield, and it’s pretty big too. It has a diameter of three-quarters of the width of the strip.

Now, for the Italian flag, back in the day, the Italian Social Republic used a shield in the center of its war flag. It represented an eagle with open wings. But with the fall of Mussolini, they had to say goodbye to their feathered friend. And now, the Italian flag is all about simplicity. It’s like the minimalist version of the Mexican flag.

Wrapping Up

Did you learn something new about the Mexican and Italian flags today? Now, if you’re feeling confident about your flag knowledge, go out there and impress your friends! But if you want to keep learning, why not check out some interesting facts about the Italian language? It’s like adding extra toppings to your pizza, but instead of pepperoni, it’s linguistic knowledge!

So, click here to read how the Florentine dialect overtook the Italic peninsula. Fascinating!

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6 Comments

  1. I was familiar with the Italian flag but did not know it was similar to the Mexican flag. It’s bewildering how two flags can share similarities yet have very different historical backgrounds. Thank you for explaining things clearly and concisely. I will keep an eye on your content.Your illustrations are pleasant too!

    1. Several countries have similar flags. Besides Italy and Mexico, the Republic of Ireland and Ivory Coast all share resemblance in their flags. And yeah, their history is so diverse.

  2. Hello! I am French-Italian and I learned something new today about the difference between the Italian flag and the Mexican flag. I was wondering why they were almost the same except for the national Mexican shield. But it is cool to know now that the Italian flag used to have a war shield as well that represented an eagle with open wings. Thank you for this informative article!

  3. This blog post offers a delightful comparison between the Italian and Mexican flags, using creative food analogies. It explores the origins of these flags, their differences, and even a playful debate about which came first. 

    The mention of the National Shield in the Mexican flag adds an exciting touch. Overall, it’s an engaging and informative read that highlights the significance of national flags in a fun way.

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