The Ghost of Sora Laura

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The Legend of the Ghost of Sora Laura Haunting Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera

When exploring Città di Castello, a must-visit destination is the exquisite Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera. Renowned for housing the rich collection of the Civic Art Gallery, the palace is also infamous for being inhabited by the Ghost of Sora Laura. Curious to learn more? Keep reading!

The Tale of Sora Laura, the Courtesan of Alessandro Vitelli

The narrative commences with the construction of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera by the Tifernate condottiero Alessandro Vitelli, on the occasion of his marriage to Angela De Rossi, a noblewoman from Parma. However, marital bliss was short-lived, as Alessandro, known for his philandering ways, soon found solace in the company of a young and attractive lover named Laura, dubbed “Sora Laura” by the citizens of Città di Castello. To maintain this clandestine affair, Alessandro relocated his wife to another family palace, allowing him to enjoy the company of the humble girl without arousing the jealousy of his wife.

Laura, deeply in love, eagerly awaited her lover’s return in the solitude of the grand palace. Alessandro, a seasoned military leader, often embarked on extended military campaigns across Europe, leaving the young woman to spend her time embroidering handkerchiefs. One fateful evening, a young knight passed beneath her window. Enchanted by his charm, Laura dropped a handkerchief, initiating a flirtatious encounter that marked the beginning of a passionate but forbidden liaison.

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Window where Sora Laura looked out (Credit to Matteo Marongiu)

Laura’s Dreadful Trap

As time passed, Laura grew fearful of discovery and devised a deadly trap for her lover’s return. She created a treacherous escape route through a trapdoor filled with sharp blades. The young man, unaware of the danger, fell to a terrible demise, driven by the fear of exposure.

Over the years, Laura continued her quest for new lovers, each meeting a tragic end. However, the legend took a darker turn when Vitelli’s wife, consumed by hatred and jealousy, hired an assassin to end Laura’s life. Since then, the Ghost of Sora Laura is said to wander Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, tormented by remorse for her crimes, endlessly seeking forgiveness that will never be granted.

Scientific Investigations into the Ghost of Sora Laura

In April 2012, a team led by Daniele Gullà conducted photometric measurements and acoustic monitoring. They captured sounds and images, including a sequence of three shots in ultraviolet and infrared bands, depicting a shadow resembling a Renaissance-clad female figure. While not conclusive proof, it adds an intriguing layer to the tale. Watch his video here!

To unravel more mysteries, visit Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera – who knows, you might encounter the Ghost of Sora Laura yourself!

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