LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will hold their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy, officials said Friday, despite earlier reports that the high-profile couple would marry in France.
Elisa Di Lupo, a representative from the Florentine mayor's office, told The Guardian that the couple had spent €300,000 ($411,000) on a 16th-century fortress built by the famed Medici family.
"I give you scarce information. That they are marrying at the Belvedere fort is true," Di Lupo said. "The fort is being used for a private event for €300,000. The municipality does not know the details of this wedding."
West told Florence's La Nazione newspaper that he "adores" the city, adding that it holds a special place in his heart.
Photo of Forte di Belvedere in Florence where Kim and Kanye will marry pic.twitter.com/npwMMB2vEL— Kathy Dream of Italy (@dreamofitaly) May 16, 2014
"To tell you the truth, I already came to the banks of the Arno [river] with Kim last year, just the two of us, incognito," he said. "I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces."
The wedding is expected to take place May 24.