Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

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Like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli, did Kanye West do his finest work in Italy?

The rapper, who welcomed daughter North West last June, tells Italian newspaper La Nazione that he's pretty sure he and now-fiancée Kim Kardashian made their first child together in Florence.

"I love Florence, I love Italy and the Italian lifestyle," he said in an interview he gave in the historic city Friday during a quick trip there ahead of his and Kim's planned wedding in Versailles, France.

"And I think we conceived our daughter North here, among the masterpieces of the Renaissance. It was our first honeymoon."

He and Kim spent her 32nd birthday in Italy back in October 2012, jaunting through Rome, Venice and Florence before their trip was through.

"We started in Rome, saw the Colosseum, went to the Vatican and saw the Sistine Chaple. So breathtaking!" Kim later blogged about their vacation. "Then we went to Florence and stayed in this incredible castle, saw Michelangelo's David, and shopped around town. We saw all the sights, visited some beautiful churches and all the famous monuments. The last stop on the trip was Venice, where I spent my birthday. What a romantic weekend! One I'll never forget."

And perhaps they took home quite the souvenir.

North West, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian


Kanye comments to La Nazione perhaps helped prompt speculation that he and Kim would wind up swapping vows there instead of in Paris, as has been previously reported.

E! News is now hearing that they'll say their I-dos in Versailles, France. We've been told that only about 100 guests will be in attendance because the bride and groom really hoped to keep their big day "small and intimate."

Kim and Kanye toured the Palace of Versailles back in January, making folks wonder if they were scoping out wedding locations at the time.

Kanye told La Nazione that he's "excited" and "very happy" about his upcoming nuptials.

"I'm a romantic," he said. "Kim for Mother's Day I donated a wall of flowers. The family is everything to me, is the antidote to the drudgery of fame. The family and the creativity relax me. And I like to create for my family."

North West, Kim Kardashian, Instagram


But Florence, which he calls "the most beautiful city in the world," is where Kanye wants to work on his craft.

"Here I want to learn the art of the designer," West said. "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."

New episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiere June 8 at 9 p.m. on E!

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