Kim and Kanye Wedding: Florence Fort to Host Lavish Nuptials

FLORENCE, Italy - The Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding circus was headed to Italy Saturday, where the celebrity couple was expected to get married in a 16th century fort.

Security guards were keeping tourists away from Forte Belvedere in Florence, and a no-fly zone has been established over the historic site to stop news helicopters recording the event.

On Friday, "Kimye" topped off several days of shopping and sightseeing in Paris with a private pre-wedding party at the Palace of Versailles.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West leave their residence in Paris on Friday. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP - Getty Images

West, 36, proposed to Kardashian on her 33rd birthday in October, renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion.

The wedding is a first for West, and a third for Kardashian. She was wed to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2003, and spent 72 days married to professional basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 after tying the knot in a lavish ceremony broadcast as a two-part TV special.

A spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office says the couple rented the site for $410,000 and that a Protestant minister is expected to preside.

The fort, located next to the famed Boboli Gardens, offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills. Owned by the Italian government, it been closed to the public for the past five years for security upgrades after two young Italians fell to their deaths from its ramparts.

The mayor’s spokesman said the proceeds from the rental would go to fund restorations for Florence's artistic treasures.

"As a Florence resident I can't but be pleased that foreigners choose to come and get married in my city,” local resident Angelo Spensierato told The Associated Press.

Duncan Golestani

The Associated Press contributed to this report.