Since George Clooney revealed that he and his lawyer love Amal Alamuddin intend to marry in the magical city of Venice, rumours have been swirling that the highly anticipated nuptials will take place at the romantic Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
So, if the word on the street is right, what made the handsome Hollywood star and his beautiful brunette fiancée finally set their hearts on this privileged hotel? The bride and groom-to-be were also widely reported to have planned a wedding at George's Villa Oleandra on the shores of Lake Como…
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George and Amal pictured ahead of their highly anticipated wedding at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence
The luxury hotel, set on the semi-private Giudecca Island, commands unrivalled views of the Venetian Lagoon, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Square. Steeped in rich Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.
Rumours have been swirling that the couple will marry at the romantic Belmond Hotel Cipriani
It’s no wonder, then, that the complex – which boasts not one but two 15th century palaces, the Palazzo Vendramin and Palazzetto Nani Barbaro – is a long-standing favorite haunt for Hollywood royalty. Al Pacino recently stayed there during the Venice Film Festival, and Jude Law, Uma Thurman, and Owen Wilson have all been guests.
Access to Belmond Hotel Cipriani is exclusively by boat, making it a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of central Venice – while remaining just minutes away from everything the floating city has to offer.
The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is said to boast the floating city's most fabulous swimming pool
Four restaurants, almost five acres of lush and lavish private gardens, a clay tennis court, spa and beauty salon all mean that George and Amal's wedding guests will have plenty on the itinerary both before and after the couples' big day.
Recently, George publicly declared love for his future wife when he received a humanitarian award at a charity gala at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He also shared some details of their planned wedding, saying: "I would just like to say to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much, and I can’t wait to be your husband."
Set on the semi-private Giudecca Island, the luxury hotel would offer privacy for the couple and their guests
The heartthrob continued: "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."
Watch this space to find out if George really will be making his next speech at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani…