It started on the mainland of Greece by the Mycenaens in about 1100B.C. Tribes migrated there after the Flood and were descendants of the Biblical Noah.
They thought god gave it them to punish them!!!
In Italy, especially central and northern Italy, the Renaissance had started by 1350. It didn't extend to Northern Europe till perhaps 1480 or so. Nowadays, many historians talk about 'the extended Renaissance period' meaning about 1400 to 1700. Renaissance happened between the centuries 14 and 17 in Italy at the beginning and then Europe. It affected the lives of millions and changed the way people were thinking.
A+LS from about 1300 to 1600 AD
the flag of belgium means independence