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While reports attempting to pinpoint the location of George Clooney’s upcoming nuptials with human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin have ranged from his estate at Lake Como to a London register office, Clooney himself recently let slip that Venice is the chosen destination.
The actor was being honored at a charity event in Florence when he said, “I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying in a couple of weeks, in Venice of all places.”
Italian media are releasing further details of the event. The pair will be married by Clooney’s close friend Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome, reported Corriere della Sera on Monday.
Clooney met Veltroni in Rome in 2007 when Clooney received the Peace Summit Award, alongside Don Cheadle, for promoting peace in Darfur. Veltroni is well regarded in Italy for his positive policies on the environment and other issues, and is known as “Obama’s European counterpart.”
Clooney himself sees the similarities. “I consider him to be a great friend, like Obama,” said Clooney, while in Rome to promote his film Leatherheads in 2008, as Corriere della Sera noted. “Few people rarely have something very special, the ability for leadership, as well as great speaking skills, like Obama. In Veltroni I felt the same power.”
The three-day-long wedding festivities will culminate in a ceremony at Ca’Farsetti, a 14th century palace on the Grand Canal, reports Corriere della Sera. It is rumored that guests will be staying at the Hotel Aman, Venice’s new seven-star luxury haven. Rates for the decadent hotel begin at $1,600 a night, with a suite costing $5,180 a night. The newspaper also confirms that the bride will wear Oscar de la Renta. A request for confirmation from Clooney’s rep has not been returned.
Singer Lana Del Rey will provide entertainment for the evening. And the guest list is expected to include such A-listers as Bono, Ellen Barkin, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.
Clooney, who is a regular at the Venice Film Festival, failed to make an appearance this year, disappointing many local fans. His wedding is expected to give a healthy boost to the local economy, as paparazzi are already making plans for the fall extravaganza.
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