Tom Cruise flew into a Rome airport on a private jet
Monday, airport officials said, setting off a frenzy among media and fans
anticipating the star's high-profile wedding to Katie Holmes.
Cruise arrived at Rome's small Ciampino airport from Los Angeles with about
10 people, including his mother and his three children, airport officials
The 44-year-old actor and Holmes, 27, are set to marry in an undisclosed
Italian location Saturday. Speculation on the location has focused on Odescalchi
Castle on Lake Bracciano, near the capital. The romantic, 15th-century castle,
with its halls and gardens, can host up to 1,400 guests.
Local officials and residents remain tightlipped, and Bracciano's mayor has
only acknowledged that authorities received a request to clear the square in
front of the castle.
Some 100 fans mingled with photographers and camera crews in front of the
Hassler, the luxury Rome hotel on top of the Spanish Steps where Cruise was said
by airport officials to be staying. An employee at the hotel's front desk, who
refused to give her name, denied that Cruise was staying there.
Traffic police managed the crowd at the Hassler and bodyguards stood at the
ready next to limousines parked in front of the hotel.
Holmes and Cruise became engaged in June 2005. Their daughter, Suri, was born
Cruise, has two children, 13-year-old Isabella, and 11-year-old Connor, from
his marriage to Nicole Kidman. Kidman and Tom Cruise divorced in 2001 after 10
years of marriage.
Holmes, who starred in TV's "Dawson's Creek," had been engaged to Chris
Klein. Cruise was also previously married to Mimi Rogers, and had a high-profile
romance with Penelope Cruz.