Clooney, fiancée arrive in Venice for wedding

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US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney ( L) and Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee, on a taxiboat in Venice upon their arrival on September 26, 2014. Heart throb actor George Clooney is to marry his British lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice on September 27. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney waves from a taxiboat in Venice on September 26, 2014 on the eve of his wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (R) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney, left, and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the worldís most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
George Clooney (R) and Amal Alamuddin (L), his Lebanon-born British fiancee take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice, on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (2ndL) is welcomed upon his arrival with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin (3rdR), at Venice's Cipriani hotel, on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. The party of the year is happening here: the fresco-adorned Aman hotel on Venice's Grand Canal is feverishly preparing for George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee. Hollywood stars and the world's paparazzi have already begun arriving for the nuptials of the world's most sought-after catch, who will, sources said, celebrate with 136 guests at the exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney (C) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee, Amal Alamuddin (R) holding a bag bearing the logo A&G (Amal and George ) arrive at Venice's Piazzale Roma in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. The party of the year is happening here: the fresco-adorned Aman hotel on Venice's Grand Canal is feverishly preparing for George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee. Hollywood stars and the world's paparazzi have already begun arriving for the nuptials of the world's most sought-after catch, who will, sources said, celebrate with 136 guests at the exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney ( L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney ( L) and Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee, on a taxiboat in Venice upon their arrival on September 26, 2014. Heart throb actor George Clooney is to marry his British lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Venice on September 27. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor George Clooney (R) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. The party of the year is happening here: the fresco-adorned Aman hotel on Venice's Grand Canal is feverishly preparing for George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin, his Lebanon-born British fiancee. Hollywood stars and the world's paparazzi have already begun arriving for the nuptials of the world's most sought-after catch, who will, sources said, celebrate with 136 guests at the exclusive seven-star hotel in the 450-year-old Palazzo Papadopoli. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world's most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
Anna Wintour arrives in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
George Clooney, third right, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber cruise past St. Mark's Square as they arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world's most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
George Clooney stands on a boat upon his arrival in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
George Clooney, right, and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive in Venice, Italy, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, are expected to get married this weekend in Venice, one of the world's most romantic settings. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
US actor George Clooney (L) and his Lebanon-born British fiancee Amal Alamuddin take a taxiboat upon their arrival in Venice on September 26, 2014, on the eve of their wedding. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
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By COLLEEN BARRY and LUCA BRUNO

VENICE, Italy (AP) - George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrived in Venice on Friday for their weekend wedding extravaganza, accompanied by loved ones and trailed by a clutch of photographers who recorded their passage along the picturesque Grand Canal.

The couple arrived at a Venice water-taxi stop by bus, accompanied by a small group of guests who included the groom's parents, as well as Cindy Crawford and her husband. Two small vans contained luggage.

The entire group boarded the water taxi piloted by Clooney's regular water-taxi driver, who took the wedding party on a scenic tour down the Grand Canal, passing in front of the Renaissance-era Cavalli Palace where the couple is expected to be wed in a civil ceremony on Monday.

Clooney and his bride stood outside during the water-taxi ride, and he waved to well-wishers as they passed under the famed Rialto Bridge. The water journey ended at the luxury Cipriani Hotel, Clooney's usual residence when in Venice, on an island opposite St. Mark's Square.

The arrival of other celebrities in Venice on Friday indicated star-studded festivities were in the making. Those spotted included Clooney's cousin Miguel Ferrer, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin and Richard Kind.

Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, have not publicly divulged details of the celebrations, although Venice city officials have announced the closure of a 50-meter (yard) length of pedestrian way along the famed Grand Canal where the Cavalli Palace is located for two hours on Monday. Media have speculated that the couple will have two ceremonies - one on Saturday followed by a civil ceremony Monday.

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FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Lior Suchard (R) performs magic for Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney, and Veronica Berti during the Celebrity Fight Night gala celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: George Clooney (R) and fiance Amal Alamuddin attend the Celebrity Fight Night gala celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: George Clooney (R) and Amal Alamuddin attend the Celebrity Fight Night gala celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September , 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: George Clooney (R) and Amal Alamuddin attend the Celebrity Fight Night gala celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: George Clooney (R) and fiance Amal Alamuddin attend the Celebrity Fight Night gala celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive for the "Celebrity Fight Night" foundation gala dinner, in Florence, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Francesco Bellini)
George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin arrive for the "Celebrity Fight Night" foundation gala dinner, in Florence, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Francesco Bellini)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Amal Alamuddin attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 09: George Clooney attends 'Che Tempo Che Fa' TV Show on February 9, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Amal Alamuddin leaving Berners Tavern restaurant on October 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12: George Clooney attends 'Monuments Men' Paris premiere at Cinema UGC Normandie on February 12, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien Hekimian/WireImage)
Lawyer Amal Alamuddin is pictured during a press conference in London on November 5, 2012. The British law firm that employs George Clooney's girlfriend Amal Alamuddin confirmed on Monday April 28, 2014, that the couple were engaged and offered its congratulations. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: George Clooney attends 'The Monuments Men' Premiere - Audi during The 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 08, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Audi)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: Amal Alamuddin is seen outside her hotel on March 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Amal Alamuddin attends the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Actor George Clooney attends 'The Monuments Men' premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Anita Bugge/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: George Clooney attends 'The Monuments Men' premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Berlinale Palast on February 8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
In this Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 file photo George Clooney and his fiancee Amal Alamuddin pose for photographers as they arrive for the "Celebrity Fight Night" foundation gala dinner, in Florence, Italy. George Clooney says he will marry his fiancee in Venice, one of the world's most romantic backdrops. The heartthrob actor revealed that he will marry human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in the lagoon city in a couple of weeks. His publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 Clooney revealed the venue but not the exact wedding date during at a star-studded benefit evening in Florence on Sunday. (AP Photo/Francesco Bellini)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: George Clooney (R) and Amal Alamuddin attend the Celebrity Fight Night gala celebrating Celebrity Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
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