One of the most powerful early Mafia bosses to ever rule over the Island of Sicily was the legendary Trapanese mafioso Vito Vitale.
Vito Vitale, better known throughout the Italian underworld as “Don Vito” and “Don Vitone,” was one of the most important capos to ever head the infamous Mafia clan based in the town of Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani Province, in Northwestern Sicily.
Born in the historic seaside village of Castellammare back on August 24, 1885, to parents Antonino Vitale and Giovanna (nee’ Ciaravino), as he rose to power within the Sicilian mafia, Vitale would ultimately maintain several residences and power bases in his hometown as well as the northern Italian City of Rome, and the nearby City of Ostia.
In fact, at the height of his power, law enforcement authorities say Vito resided at Corso Regina Maria Pia #21C, in the City of Ostia.
He was known to own other properties in the cities of Rome, Palermo, and Castellammare del Golfo. He was also suspected of having hidden ownerships or controlling interests in various legitimate businesses across Trapani province.