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Florence: the hottest romantic destination thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding of the year

05 JUNE 2014 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's lavish wedding has been dubbed the celebrity wedding of the year and made headlines all over the world. So it's no wonder the extravagant nuptials, which took place inside the idyllic 16th-century Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, have us reaching for our passports and making plans to visit the picturesque city.

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Hotel searches in Florence shot up thanks to Kim and Kanye's wedding

Tempted by the breathtaking shots that have been shared online by the bride and groom and some of their 200-odd guests, revealing a fairytale setting completed by the Fortress's grounds along with a 20ft-wall of white flowers and a marble Steinway piano, potential holidayers have sent hotel searches in Florence aflutter with a 66% increase.

According to hotel booking website Hotels.com, Florence is firmly on the romantic-getaway map since Kim and Kanye tied the knot on the evening of Saturday 24 May.

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The rapper and reality TV star wed in the idyllic 16th-century Forte di Belvedere in Florence

The site experienced a surge in searches to the Italian hotspot over the weekend the rapper and TV queen tied the knot, compared to teh same weekend last year.

Tuscany's capital offers plenty of romance and culture away from Kim and Kanye's chosen wedding venue – which comes with a €300,000 hire price tag. The city is also home to famous sights such as Il Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the city's most famous square, Piazza della Signoria.

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Florence is the capital of Italy's famous Tuscany region

You'll also find the Galleria degli Uffizi here, with the world's most important collection of Renaissance art from the likes of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

Italy is a longstanding favourite wedding destination with the glitz and glam of the celebrity world. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Puglia, in the south of Italy, in October 2012.

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Kim and Kanye's lavish ceremony was dubbed the celebrity wedding of the year

Singer-songwriter John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen, meanwhile, chose the famous Lake Como region to say 'I do', before taking their honeymoon in the longtime A-list magnate Portofino.The pair also attended Kim and Kanye's big day, in which Grammy awarding-winning singer John performed.