Venice braces for George Clooney’s wedding

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are expected to become a married couple in Venice this weekend.

The big summer tourist season may be over in Venice, but the legendary Italian city is likely to be wilder than ever this weekend, as the expected George Clooney marriage to fiancee Amal Alamuddin takes place in the city of the canals.

More than 150 Hollywood stars and other celebrities are expected to be sweeping into Venice over the next couple of days — a crowd of famous faces that is expected to include such Clooney chums as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, U2’s Bono, plus singers Andrea Bocelli and Lana Del Rey.

Clooney has reportedly taken over Venice’s famous Hotel Cipriani, across the Grand Canal on the island of Guidecca. However, the wedding is said to take place at the Ca’ Farsetti the gorgeous 14th Century palazzo which also serves as the city’s town hall. The actual reception for the couple will be held at the Aman Hotel, which fronts on the Grand Canal. However, police boats will prevent any other boats or gondolas — likely packed with paparazzi and celebrity reporters — from lingering in front of the Aman.

The couple are expected to be married by Walter Veltroni and longtime friend of Clooney’s and a former mayor Rome, who has obtained a special license to perform the civil ceremony.

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