The national symbol of Italy is its coat of arms, which features a white five-pointed star bordered in red on a cogwheel with five spokes with branches from the olive and oak trees supporting it. This symbol was adopted as the emblem of the Italian Republic in 1948. The national animal of Italy is the Italian wolf.
Italy's national motto is "L'Italia e una Repubblica democratica fondata sul lavoro." This translates to "Italy is a democratic republic, founded on labor." The national anthem is "Il Canto degli Italiani," or "The Song of the Italians," which was written by Goffredo Mameli in 1847. It is sometimes referred to as "Mameli's Hymn."