updated 05/16/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/16/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET
With their upcoming nuptials now likely to happen in the Italian city on May 24, the rapper tells Florence’s La Nazione newspaper he “adores” the city where he will say “I do” to his reality show fiancée.
“I love Italy and the Italian lifestyle,” he told the paper Friday. “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.”
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“I think that our daughter North was conceived here among the Renaissance masterpieces,” he added. “It was our first honeymoon. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, for me the most beautiful in Europe.”
Whether the pair marry in Paris as previously planned or at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, one thing is for certain. West can t wait for his big day.
“I’m very happy,” he said. “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.”