Local Arts & Crafts
Seeking out local arts and crafts in Livorno
Away from Livorno’s main shopping centre, in places that you would probably never find by accident, there are a number of small shops and workshops where some very creative Livornese ladies spend their time channelling their artistic energies into making a surprising variety of highly original handmade objects. These inspirational objects include individual hand-painted ceramics, cleverly printed photographic images, and original hand-made glass jewellery. Read more about these resourceful ladies here, and if you like what you see, you could look them up when you come to Livorno.
In the heart of one of Livorno’s most traditional districts - Il Borgo - lies the workshop where Stefano Pilato creates his unique sculpture-designs, most with a marine flavour. In fact his shop is called Pesce Fresco (‘fresh fish’). All his sculptures are made from reclaimed materials, from driftwood, to nuts and bolts, and even abandoned computer mouses which he made into squid!
Stefano was born in Livorno in 1965 and grew up in the Borgo Cappuccini district. He began drawing when he was a child, and cultivated a love of design and architecture through his studies at the Istituto d’Arte in Pisa.