Tom Cruise and fiancee Katie Holmes made a late-night visit to City Hall on Wednesday, sending paparazzi chasing after them on motor scooters through the capital’s streets.
It was their first appearance together in Rome in the days before their wedding Saturday, reportedly to be held in a castle overlooking Lake Bracciano.
Cruise wore a dark gray, pinstriped suit with matching vest and a striped lavender tie as he escorted Holmes, who was clutching what appeared to be a very sleepy baby girl dressed in a fuzzy-soft white sweater, white tights and print dress.
The couple, who became engaged in June 2005, are the parents of a daughter, Suri, who was born April 18.
Holmes, 27, wore a dark jacket over what appeared to be a dark skirt or dress as she crossed a cobblestone square atop ancient Capitoline Hill.
Mayor Walter Veltroni is a big movie buff and was the driving force behind Rome’s first international film festival this year, and speculation quickly grew that the Hollywood couple was paying a courtesy visit to him. No one answered the phone in the mayor’s office late Wednesday.
Cruise and Holmes were first photographed together in Rome in April 2005. Two months later, the “Mission: Impossible” star announced that he had proposed to Holmes atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Residents around the imposing 15th-century Odescalchi Castle, which is rumored to be the venue for the wedding, were rushing to rent out windows and terraces overlooking the mansion to the media who have been pouring into the location near Rome.
The Bracciano City Hall, which appears to be one of the better placed, is renting the windows of a nearby building with a view on the main entrance of the castle for $1,280. Prices for other homes conveniently placed near the castle include a bargain $255.
In one case, though, the prices were not so reasonable: A private terrace overlooking the likely route of the nuptial motorcade and the castle’s internal parking lot was offered to a TV news agency for a $128,000.