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George Clooney’s marriage in a hotel owned by a Greek

26 September 2014 / 18:09:29  GRReporter
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The most awaited Hollywood wedding will take place on Monday when confirmed bachelor, until recently, George Clooney will marry lawyer Amal Alamuddin in one of the most romantic European cities, which is Venice.

According to some publications, the happy couple and their guests are already in the city, because the wedding party will take place on Saturday evening. The venue will be the seven-star hotel Aman Canale Grande, at which many of the invitees will arrive by boat.

Although neither Clooney nor his future wife is of Greek origin, the wedding has a strong Greek connection. This is because, until recently, the name of the hotel was Palazzo Papadopoli and it was the property of a Greek family.

The Greek part of the story of the palace that was built in 1550 began in the late 19th century when the Papadopoli family from Corfu moved to Venice and when Nicolo Papadopoli met, fell in love with, and then married, Maddalena Aldobrandini who was a descendant of a family of collectors of works of art.

In the 1870s, the Papadopoli brothers hired architect Girolamo Levi, who added neoclassical elements to the otherwise Renaissance style of the palace. He changed the interior spaces in the Rococo style and formed a beautiful garden overlooking the Grand Canal, which changed the appearance of the building. At the same time, however, many elements of the previous decoration were preserved, including the frescoes on the staircase painted by Cesare Rota.

The ceiling murals were created in the mid-18th century by great Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. However, the exquisite woodcarving that decorates the interior spaces appeared only when the palace became the property of the Greek family, its author being famous architect Michelangelo Guggenheim.

The palace that has subsequently become a hotel has 24 rooms. According to the Italian media, the prices of accommodation start from 1,270 euro. The same publications state that the wedding ceremony will also take place there.

It will be carried out by former mayor of Rome and Clooney’s personal friend Walter Veltroni. They met during the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and they were even awarded for their charity work in 2007.


It seems that the sponsor of the wedding will be the bride's sister, Tala, and as for the wedding dress, they say that it bears the signature of Alexander McQueen fashion house. The suit of groom George Clooney was certainly tailored in the studio of Giorgio Armani, as the designer himself has confirmed this.

The ceremony will be attended by 60 people, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Cindy Crawford, Sandra Bullock and Matt Damon.

The festivities will begin tonight with a dinner organized by the newly married couple in order to receive their guests at the five-star Cipriani hotel. According to sources, many dishes of Lebanese cuisine will be served on the tables in honour of bride Amal. The hotel is accessible only by private transport. It is famous for its lavish gardens and fountains and was often visited by celebrities like Lady Diana, Al Pacino, Jude Lo and Uma Thurman.

On Monday, the local authorities will close off the pedestrian area in front of Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti to separate the curious visitors to the city from it. The measure will be in force for at least two hours.

The spokesman for Clooney in turn has declined to comment on anything about the wedding whereas the authorities in Venice have reported that they will neither confirm nor refute the publications.


Tags: CelebritiesGeorge ClooneyAmal AlamuddinWeddingVenice
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