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50 years of Cleopatra

6th July 2013 Print

31st July 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the cinema release of the film, `Cleopatra’, the most talked about film of the 1960’s and still one of the most expensive films ever made. Despite grossing a record US $26 million, it made a loss due to its cost of $44 million, making it the only film ever to be the highest grossing film of the year to run at a loss.

Having relocated filming from studios in the UK to locations in Italy, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s affair was first revealed while they were holidaying on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples where scenes from the film were shot. (The original set back in England was put to good use for the filming of `Carry on Cleo’).

Holiday like a star in the home of the paparazzi* at Ischia’s 5* Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa, where a 4 night stay with breakfast costs from 559 euros / person, arriving on 27 July 2013, 84 euros return transfers (taxi / hydrofoil) from Naples airport, and Gatwick to Naples flights from £273pp with

Relais & Chateaux Terme Manzi Hotel -& Spa (

*`Paparazzi’ originates from the name of a news photographer, `Paparazzo', in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita and describes an annoying noise (such as buzzing mosquito) in Italian dialect.

Ischia Fact File:-

easyJet flies from Gatwick and Stansted airports to Naples, from where Garden & Villas and the Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa can arrange airport transfers and a hydrofoil crossing to Ischia from 35 euros per person.

Where to stay in Ischia:-

A night’s stay in a garden suite at the Garden & Villas Resort ( costs from € 150 euros, with breakfast and dinner, based on 2 sharing.

A night’s stay in a double room at the Relais & Chateaux Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa ( costs from € 220, with breakfast, based on 2 sharing.

Where to dine:-

A 5– course gourmet tasting menu at Il Mosaico, Terme Manzi’s 2 Michelin starred restaurant, costs from €135