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MALCESINE "LIVE" Shopping Under The Stars and more

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Photo by Italo Trimeloni: http://www.lake-garda-italy.net
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We returned to Malcesine in late May 2014 for 13 days just in time for the beginning of all the summer music that can be heard during the day and at night in Old Town Malcesine.

Of course when we arrived I had to say hello to Cristina (Queen of gelato). She recognized me right away (we had become Facebook friends since Leslie and I departed Malcesine last October) and Cristina immediately came out from behind the counter to give me a great big hug and a kiss. The night before we departed Malcesine back to Calfornia Cristina gave Leslie and I our gelato's gratis (free). Cristina, if you read this, "grazie mile". We look forward to seeing you (and your gelato) in September.
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Then while walking through town on my way to see my friend Italo I hear a "Ciao". It was my friend Lino who also happens to be my favorite baker (and owner of Pasticceria Susy) in Italy. Lino came up to me and gave me a big hug. If you eat some of Lino's pastries at Pasticceria Susy tell Lino that Orrin from California says hello. Knowing that I have a weak spot for pastries, one day Lino took me into the back of the pasticceria and showed me where he makes his pastries. By the way, I tried Lino's Sacher Torte and put some of Cristina's gelato on top of the Sacher Torte. I felt I like I hit the torta/gelato jackpot. I ate this combination for desert several times during our time in Malcesine. Lino's Schwarzenwalder torta is also a favorite of mine.
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As always I spent a lot of time while in Malcesine with my good friend Italo who owns Italo-Italy (fine leather belts, purses, t-shirts, etc.). If you go to Italo's shop and tell him Orrin from California says "ciao" he will give you a 10% discount. His great assistant Giorgia was also there to greet us with her great smile, bubbly personality and a hug.

Italo has become a vegan so he is no longer eating Ofelia's with me from Zomer's in Caprino. Though he no longer was devouring Ofelia's he offered to buy some for me. I told Italo that since he no longer eats Ofelia's not to bother because it is an hour drive from Malcesine. But Italo would have none of that and one day brought me some Ofelias's to eat.

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This trip we tried something new to help us sleep better so we brought our blowup airbed from home with us. We put our eggcrate on top and we had the greatest nights sleep. The problem was that the airbed we brought from America works on 110 volts and the European electric system is 240 volts. Well, eventually (even though I used a converter) the airbed pump motor burned out. I mentioned it to Italo and he said he had seen an airbed in a mall about a year ago and he would drive me there. I told him it was too much trouble as it was a 2 hour round trip drive and he has a business to run (Italo-Italy fine leather and t-shirts). Again, he would not take no for an answer and he drove me to get the airbed (it was in a mall in a store comparable to Home Depot) and Leslie and I slept happily ever after. We left the airbed in Europe so we can use it on our next trip.

As usual almost every evening Italo and I would have an Aperol Spritz aperitivo across the street from his shop at the Hotel Vega (owned and operated by Marco). It was nice to see Marco again and he was as friendly as ever. If you need a place to stay in Malcesine contact Marco and inquire about a room on the lake or with a view of Monte Baldo. As you can see below, one day Italo had a bit too much Aperol.
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This trip we rented an apartment and just about every morning we would wake up to some live music at the harbor outside of our balcony window. You may have to un-mute to hear the music.

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Now for the music and the nightlife in Malcesine. When we arrived in late May we had missed the opera singers that performed at night in the harbor on the sailing ship Siroa Veronica. Last year they had the "Tre Tenori" singing on the ship in the harbor. It was unbelievable, it was something out of a movie. On Tuesdays and sometimes some other nights you will find Diego playing music at Cafe Statuto.
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A couple of nights there was music in the harbor under the gazebo. This night there was some rock 'n roll.

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Another night under the gazebo there was some live jazz.

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It seems that during the summer Malcesine has "Shopping Under The Stars" once a month. Most of the stores, cafes and bars stay open late at night and the Old Town streets are lined with lighted torches and live music. Walking around I found at least seven bands playing at the same time throughout the town. Usually Cafe Statuto has some live music too on this night.
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Just a short distance below Piazza Turazzo I found two guys playing some good ole rock n roll.
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And just around the corner from our apartment past the Hotel San Marco we found these people while on our way to get some gelato from Cristina.
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I then continued walking and saw some people standing around clapping their hands to some music. I thought the music was from a CD coming from the bar. After a minute or so I realized that everyone was looking up on the roof. Yep, on the roof is a singer and a guy playing the guitar and keyboard.
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Some Bourbon Street and steel guitar in Malcesine? Leslie and I call him the "cowboy". When the cold weather and the winter comes he moves to Bolzano. During the day you will hear him playing outside the castle and around town for people while they eat and drink.
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I happened to stumble across some acoustic music at the Piazza Cavour, which is located just above the Piazza Turazzo. There was also a group playing music at the Piazza Turazzo.
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Cafe Statuto was closed (on holiday) for this Shopping Under The Stars but was open when I took this video in 2013. This trip we met Marco who serves tables at Cafe Statuto. You will see him running back and forth serving drinks. You can see him right at the beginning of the video
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Diego also plays at Cafe Statuto on tuesday nights and sometimes on saturdays.
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Shopping Under The Stars 2013
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Just around the corner from Da Pedro's Trattoria there was a group playing in the walkway. When we ate at Da Pedro's we were pleasantly surprised to see that Adela was working there again. When we were at Da Pedro's last October we were sad to find out that she had moved to Austrailia. She talked to us quite a while and said she was happy to be back in Malcesine. Of course Rocco was there too and when we finished dinner as usual he gave us a complimentary bottle of wine to take back to our apartment. Thus ends our Shopping Under the Stars for June 2014.
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One day we took a drive up to San Zeno Di Motagna. In the town is a little restaurant that has a view of the entire lake. Now keep in mind that San Zeno is at an elevation of 2000 feet and about 15 miles and a good 40 minute drive from Malcesine. So after we finished having a drink we were walking to our car and someone yells out "Ciao Leslie, Ciao Orrin". It was Stefano. He was on a bike ride from Malcesine and he was on his way back home
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This is Marco from Cafe Statuto,, a very hard worker and a friendly guy. Stop by Cafe Statuto and tell him Leslie and Orrin from California said "Ciao". .
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Stefano waives hello and listens to music outside Hotel San Marco. His parents Lydia and Livio own the hotel. Stefano helps run the hotel and I suspect will someday take over for his parents. He always has a big friendly smile and and a Ciao for Leslie and I.

You can see my other blogs about Malcesine at www.malcesineitaly.travellerspoint.com
Stay tuned for my next blog: Malcesine side trips

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