Pietro is native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano operated “Tipografia Accardi.” In 1950s Italy, it was a state of the art printing press. His youth spent in the press lead him to paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding.
Pietro founded “La Legatoria del Sole,” a bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin’s Municipal Archives, main public and university libraries.
He now teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Nevada Museum of Art, and Castle in the Air in Berkeley, CA. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts, a book arts studio and bindery.