A group of people, still unidentified by the authorities, set a pile of cardboard boxes on fire in the city of Palermo, the Sicilian capital, on Sunday afternoon.
Andrea Cangemi, 62, was found by firefighters when they came to extinguish the fire and was taken to hospital in Palermo in a critical condition, Il Giornale reported.
He left hospital on Monday after receiving medical care. Officials from the hospital said doctors will be visiting him now that he is back on the streets of Palermo, according to Meridio News.
An investigation is under way and the police are trying to establish the identities of the perpetrators by using CCTV footage of the area.
Live Sicilia said three young people would have been seen fleeing for the crime scene.