Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West choose a Florence fortress wedding

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West - or 'Kimye'

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – or ‘Kimye’

The streets of Florence filled with hype and excitement this weekend as two of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the moment arrived in the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ to celebrate their wedding.

As my father was finishing a large glass of Chianti and musing over the possibility that one day babies will be inserted with microchips at birth, the guests of undoubtedly one of the biggest weddings of the year were being tagged with electronic bracelets, allowing them entrance to the 16th Century fortress Forte di Belvedere in Florence on Saturday to see Kanye West and Kim Kardashian exchange their wedding vows in front of a wall of white flowers.

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A new wedding venue in town – Welcome Castello di Verrazzano

Dominating the Chianti hillside, Castello di Verrazzano

Dominating the Chianti hillside, Castello di Verrazzano

After years of venue vetting for parties and weddings in Italy I have lost count of the number of properties I have seen.  The portfolio of villas, castles, wineries and palazzos that I end up proposing however is a number I have a very firm grip on and fortunately is ever increasing.  With an instinctive understanding of what clients are looking for when they start their search for the perfect wedding venue I can tell almost immediately whether a property has that special ‘wow’ factor.   This week I was invited by Galateo Ricevimenti to a private viewing of Castello di Verrazzano in Chianti.

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