One of the most beautiful buildings in town, the Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera has been associated with the legend of a young woman called Laura or Sora Laura. On the nights of full moon she is said to still wander around the rooms of the palace.
Legend has it that Laura was a beautiful woman with long dark hair. Alessandro Vitelli was supposedly in love with her. The story goes that they first met one day when Alessandro was coming back from the Palazzo of Citerna .When passing through the San Florido gate, their gazes met. Instantly fascinated by the young woman, the lord of the town had her brought to his home, despite the fact that his wife Angela Paola was living there as well. The latter soon grew very tired of the whole situation and eventually left her husband, overcome by her rival.
Sadly Alessandro was the commander of the troops and as a result left for long periods of time, fighting victorious battles, but at the same time leaving his sad lover by herself. Therefore Laura began to spend her time embroidering handkerchiefs that were getting more and more beautiful as time passed by. One day she was standing at one of the windows of the palace and she saw a handsome young man. Overwhelmed by emotions, she lost one of her works. The man courteously picked it up and returned it to her. After having lain together, when he was about to leave, the young woman told him to get out through a secondary door, supposedly to prevent inconvenient encounters with the servants. She showed him a door, hidden by the frescoes that adorned the room, but which concealed a well. The unlucky man trusted her and did so without fear and ended up dead.
Apparently the perfumed tissue suffered the same faith many other times and a lot of gallant men disappeared after having returned it to Laura. Thus for many years the young men of Città di Castello used to avoid passing under the vault of the palace during the nights of full moon, afraid of the wandering soul of the young woman, associated with both love and death.
Today the vault bears her name (“Sora Laura's vault”), but some say that she never actually existed. Instead they believe that Angela Paola spread these rumors in order to hide her own affairs from her husband.