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. The green and red are darker in the Mexican flag. It seems the Mexican flag has a little extra spice, just like the salsa you put on your tacos!

Man and woman with Italian and Mexican flags cartoon

Origins of the Italian flag

Did you know that Napoleon wasn’t just a conqueror? He was also a graphic designer! In 1796, he gave his Italian allies a standard inspired by the French flag. But in Napoleon’s present to Italy, the blue stripe was exchanged for a green one. He got his inspiration from the vegetation on the island of Corsica.

However, several alternative theories try to explain the change to green.

Some think it’s related to the green uniforms of the militia of Milan. 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 quite a 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 its origins further back in time.

During wars of independence from Spain, Mexicans used several flags. Many of them featured the Virgin of Guadalupe, which became a symbol of the rebel army. However, in November 1821, the green, white, and red flag was decreed as Mexico’s official standard.

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. It’s the National Shield, and it’s pretty big. It has a diameter of three-quarters of the width of the strip.

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 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? Click here to read how the Florentine dialect overtook the Italian peninsula. Fascinating!

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  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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