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As the Roman empire crumbled, the fig’s popularity didn’t.

The delicious fruit is still sought after in modern-day Italy. In fact, so entrenched it is in the Italian language that ‘Un fico secco’ (a dried fig) originated many sayings and proverbs:


“non capire un fico secco” (not being able to understand anything)

“non vale un fico secco” (it’s worth nothing)

“non c’entra un fico secco” (it’s not pertinent to the question at hand).


Its other variation, “figo” is slang for cool.


“Mica pizza e fichi” is another way of saying that the thing you’re referring to has great value, in comparison to pizza and figs which were readily available in ancient times.


“Fare le nozze con i fichi secchi” (having a wedding where only dried figs are served) it’s a proverb that means wanting to do something without the proper means.  


Rome is over 2,000 years old

Rome was founded in 753 BC and the Roman Empire was born in 27 BC. The Empire ruled Europe and parts of North Africa right up until 395 AD. After the fall of the Empire, Italy divided into separate states until 1861.

Italy's national day is called Festa della Repubblica and it's celebrated each year on 2 June.


Italy's flag is green, white and red

Italy's flag represents hope, faith and charity. Green is hope, white denotes faith and red is the colour of charity. Inspired by the French flag, it's often called Il Tricolore.


Tricolore Day in Italy is 7 January. And it's celebrated on Reggio Emilia, about 25km northwest of Modena, at the very spot where the flag was first adopted in 1797.