George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin will wed in Venice

George Clooney and his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, have reportedly chosen Venice – largely considered to be one of the world's most romantic cities – as their wedding destination.

Previous reports had suggested that the couple were considering holding the ceremony at Highclere castle, home of Downtown Abbey, but it is said that the pair now have their sights on Italy.

The actor, 53, the beautiful human rights barrister, 36, were spotted having dinner together in Venice – famous for its canals and idyllic gondola rides – last month.

CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERYAmal and George facing each other in a vehicle

It is believed the handsome couple may well have been scouting possible locations for their September wedding.

George has got to know Venice well through the famous Film Festival held there every year – he most recently attended to showcase Gravity, in which he co-starred alongside Sandra Bullock, and was seen at the wheel of a luxury speed boat.

George Clooney pictured on the red carpet at Venice Film Festival last year

It was widely speculated that the duo would opt to say "I do" in George's villa, which is also one of his favourite holiday spots, but according to sources, Amal felt that it was too public.

“George and Amal want to be married in Italy, but they need a location that offers them and their guests privacy,” a source told the New York Post's Page Six.

George Clooney at the wheel of a speed boat in Venice

George and London-based Amal, who is of Lebanese origin, got engaged at the end of April after having dated for seven months.

Guests invited to their big day include Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, and Matt Damon.

Should the wedding take place in September as planned, it would be around the time of their one-year anniversary.

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