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Kanye and Kim will wed at majestic fortress in Florence

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May 5, 2014. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York.Reuters

Forget about Paris. A spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office has confirmed that Kim Kardashian and Kayne West will get married at Florence's 16th-century Belvedere Fort on May 24.

Spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo says the couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000). Di Lupo said a Protestant minister will preside.The fort had been closed for five years due to renovations and only reopened its doors to the public in 2013. It is famed for its glorious views of the Italian city and the contemporary art exhibits it hosts.

In an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper, West revealed why the city holds so much meaning for the couple.

"I adore Florence," he explained. "I love Italy and the Italian lifestyle. 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."

"I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces," he revealed. "It was our first honeymoon. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—for me the most beautiful in Europe.”

The 36-year-old rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday in October, renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion.

This is the first marriage for West, who was previously engaged to designer Alexis Phifer. It's the third trip down the aisle for Kardashian.

The rapper has also spent time with Italian designer Ermanno Scervino this week heightening speculation that the couple will be donning his designs for the big day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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