Arte Nostra is a trade brand offering unique artworks from Sicily.
We are a Berlin based start up, that was founded by Vito Salvatore Failla in 2019. Behind Vito is a network of friends, family, art galleries and artists from the wonderful and culture rich Italian island of Sicily.
An artwork from Sicily will bring this special atmosphere into every home. If you have been to Sicily, you know the kind of magic and rich culture we are talking about. As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian region Sicily is home to the active Vulkano Etna, who at times spits dust, flames and lava onto this beautiful piece of land. Like Etna’s lava floating onto Sicily’s territory, blood has been shed for thousands of years when empires tried to occupy Sicily as the geo-strategic position to control the Mediterranean Sea.
The earliest archaeological evidence of human activity on the island dates from as early as 12,000 BC. By around 750 BC, Sicily had three Phoenician and a dozen Greek colonies and was later the site of the Sicilian and the Punic Wars.
After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, Sicily experienced many different rulers. Sicily was then unified until it finally became part of Italy in 1860 following the Expedition of the Thousand, a revolt led by Giuseppe Garibaldi. Sicily was given special status as an autonomous region on 15 May 1946, 18 days before the Italian constitutional referendum.