Kimye to have Florence wedding

City authorities have confirmed the event is taking place in the Forte di Belvedere.

FILE: US rapper Kanye West (L) and his soon-to-be wife Kim Kardashian (R). Picture: AFP

FLORENCE Italy - Television personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West celebrate their wedding on Saturday in a 16th century castle overlooking the historic city of Florence.

City authorities have confirmed the event, overseen by a Protestant pastor, is taking place in the Forte di Belvedere, set on a hill overlooking the city which the couple have hired for the night for £300,000.

But few other details have leaked out ahead of the lavish festivities. A private security firm has kept curious fans, paparazzi and television cameras from getting too close to the site, a Renaissance stronghold with high sloping walls that have been boosted by specially erected privacy screens.

West, 36, a rapper, entrepreneur and self-declared romantic, proposed to 33-year-old reality TV star Kardashian in an empty baseball stadium with a specially hired orchestra, the event shown during an episode of the TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians.

The couple, known collectively as "Kimye", will celebrate their nuptials accompanied by their daughter North and around 200 family and close friends. As the castle is not normally authorised to hold weddings, it is unclear whether the event will count as a legal marriage ceremony, however.

The guest list has been kept a tight secret but several celebrity magazines said power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce and Canadian singer Justin Bieber were expected with other rumoured attendances including actor Will Smith, singer Rihanna and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Following a pre-wedding party and a visit to the historic Chateau de Versailles outside Paris on Friday, most are arriving by private plane in Florence's main airport and leaving on Sunday morning.

They will be put up in two of the city's most luxurious hotels, where a team of around 10 of West's assistants have been overseeing preparations for the past week.

Torrential rain on Friday night had cleared by Saturday and was not expected to pose a problem.