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When my wife and I took a trip to Europe earlier this year, Florence, Italy was arguably our favorite stop: The dining was better than anywhere else we visited, the vibe was historic yet casual, and the city is small enough to hang around for a few days and really get to know the place — plus the view from the top of Il Duomo was probably the most beautiful cityscape I’ve ever laid eyes on. Apparently Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are big fans of Florence too: As Us and ABC point out, Kanye told Florence newspaper La Nazione that he’s getting married to Kardashian there, that their daughter North was conceived there, and that he’s working on an album called Made In Florence. No word on whether that’s the same Rick Rubin- and Q-Tip-produced project he compared to Born In The U.S.A. last year. Below, find a few choice quotes.

On his love for Florence: “I adore Florence. I love Italy and the Italian lifestyle. To tell you the truth, I already came to the banks of the Arno [river] with Kim last year, just the two of us, incognito. I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces. It was our first honeymoon. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—for me the most beautiful in Europe.”

On his creative inspiration these days: I am a romantic: for Mother’s Day I gave Kim a wall of flowers. Family is everything for me, the antidote to the pressure of fame. Family and creativity relax me. I am happy to create for my family.”

On Kardashian’s influence on his music: “I consult her on elegance and what I wear. And she does the same for me. Today as a musician I like to dress in a less showy way than in the past.”

On studying fashion design in Florence: “Here I want to learn the art of the designer. Ed Herman is my master. For me fashion is not a game, it’s a real passion and here in his study are not treated as a celebrity but as an artist.”

On that new album: “I am composing a whole album, Made in Florence.”

Do you guys think the album is actually called Made In Florence, or was something lost in translation? I never did make it to the Belvedere Fort, which is apparently where this wedding is going down. Anyhow, take it from Kanye or take it from me, young couples: Take a romantic getaway to Florence before you have kids.

[Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.]

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  1. So our generation’s “Born in the U.S.A.” is gonna be called “Made in Florence”? I’m fine with that.

  2. Somehow it only just hit me that his daughter’s full name is “North West.” If Kanye’s a Hitchcock fan, I’m guessing her middle name is “By North.”

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