Raffaele Del Savio was born in Corigliano d'Otranto and studied at the Institute of Art in Lecce and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. After various artistic experiences in different fields, he began working at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for and then he transferred to the Teatro Comunale in Florence where he remained for nearly thirty years, first as Director of Scenography (1970-1984) and then as Technical Director of Stage Design in the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1984-1998). During those years he collaborated with some of the most important choreographers and directors from the international world of music and he worked on projects for the scenography for theatres like the opera house in Paris, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatsoper in Vienna and in Cologne, the Metropolitan in New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, NHI in Tokyo, Teatro Regio in Turin and, of course, for the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
In 1998 he was asked to undertake the stage design for Turandot in the Forbidden City in Peking. In the same year, he inaugurated the first great opera theatre in Shanghai, with the settings for Aida.
In the year 2000 he created new scenes for La Traviata at the Opera in Zagabria and collaborated with Martin Scorsese for the film Gangs of New York. As well as working as a scenographer, Raffaele Del Savio constantly combined other activities with this role. Thus, he has simultaneously worked as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and comedy writer during his career.