The history of the Italian flag starts in Reggio Emilia.
In 2011, the Tricolore, the symbol of our contemporary history, was the undisputed protagonist of the celebrations held on the occasion of the 150° anniversary of the Nation. The story of our flag started in Reggio long before the Italian Unification, and subsequently became the symbol of it. In January 7, 1797 the representatives of Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara, that had been freed by the French, proposed the white, red and green Tricolore as the symbol of the newborn Cispadane Republic.
Since then, the history of the flag has become interconnected with the Italian vicissitudes. Reggio Emilia is an unmissable destination for Tricolore enthusiasts. The Room of Tricolore and the adjoining museum are classical tourist meccas for those interested in discovering the history of a rebel city that fought to protect its freedom. Ugo Foscolo called Reggio "inspiring city of Italy" and local inhabitants "first free Italian citizens", and dedicated its Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte.