Piazza Mercanti

Piazza Mercanti, Milan: Address, Phone Number, Piazza Mercanti Reviews: 4/5

Piazza Mercanti
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The area
Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Duomo • 2 min walk
  • Cordusio • 2 min walk
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Plouton K
Ios, Greece64 contributions
Discovering is always nice
Feb 2020 • Business
Very close to Duomo square. I can’t say it’s a must see but it worth it if you have the time. You will be walking around anyway to explore this historical center.
Written 10 February 2020
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Aleksandar
Belgrade, Serbia8,213 contributions
Historic square
Sep 2019 • Family
Historic square near the Duomo, with interesting medieval architecture and a home to a few nice restaurants.
Written 14 December 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK148,169 contributions
Square with medieval buildings
Oct 2019
The Piazza Mercanti is a public square in the city centre of Milan between Piazza del Duomo (where Duomo is) and Piazza Cordusio (a big intersection with lots of shops). The main reason to come here is to see some buildings that have stood since medieval times, the Loggia degli Osii, Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine the Palazzo della Ragione and the Palazzo dei Notai. Although as far as I could tell, the buildings were not publicly accessible, except for ones with shops on the ground floor.

I would say the square is worth a quick look if you have time, though not a must see, and compares unfavourably with the aforementioned nearby squares.
Written 3 November 2019
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PrestonGuild
United Kingdom53,822 contributions
Piazza Mercanti
Oct 2018
It is just a few minutes walk from the Duomo and it really does not look like much.

If I visited here on my own I would had just walked on by.

The walking tour unearthed more information to me. This was the commercial and governmental part of Milan in medieval times. The symbol of Milan can be seen on the buildings, justice was dispensed from here.
Written 30 August 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,382 contributions
For me the most beautiful square.
Jun 2019
When I read reviews putting down this square, I think, that maybe the reviewers missed that little inlet, that also belongs to Piazza Mercanti. The place in front of the Palazzo Mercanti, I agree, nothing to be excited about it, but there is a narrow path, leading next to a scaffolded building to a small Piazzetta. At the entrance is a KFC, that is a shame because it destroys the atmosphere of this Middle Age space. There is the medieval building of the Palazzo Delle Scuole Palatine, with its beautifully decorated facade and arced terrace, and as I learned from a video, the building opposite, that is now covered and scaffolded, also a fascinating house. Two passages are leading to this Piazzetta. In one of them is a coffee shop, where we had a quick lunch. In the middle of the square are two columns, holding a Tympanum, with the date 1767, and under the Tympanum is something like a covered well. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read the writing on it except the particular time, so probably never will know, what was it for. The atmosphere of this little square with these old decorative houses is exceptional, and I was utterly fascinated about it.
Written 29 August 2019
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Savvas_Dr
Limassol City, Cyprus429 contributions
Cute!!
Jul 2019 • Family
Small but important during medieval times for merchants to sell or buy products!
It's hidden between Piazza Duomo and Castello Sforzezzo, but worth a glance!!
Written 4 August 2019
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,627 contributions
6 Things to Look out For
May 2019 • Couples
This little piazza is really close to the Duomo and gives a really interesting glimpse into Milan’s medieval past. It would be a shame to miss it. It is only 1 – 2 minutes walk from the Duomo and you only need to spend 5 -10 minutes here.

As others have said, it is not a must-see but it is definitely worth stopping for a brief look. There are several points of interest and curiosities but you do need to know what to look out for.

Most interesting is the fact that there are several medieval buildings still standing, clustered together in the one piazza, just like they were up to 800 years ago. Political power in the Middle Ages was centred in this piazza. All judicial, trading and commercial activities took place here.

If you do stop by, here are some things to look out for:

• the big red 13th century building, the Palazzo della Ragione – 800 years ago the courts of justice were above and there was a market place under its big open arches below.
• Find the weird woolly boar which is the oldest symbol of Milan. It’s high up on one of the Palazzo arches, although I thought it looked more like a sitting wolf, than a pig. It’s called a ‘scrofa semilanuta’ and the shortened version is how Milan got its name.
• The market place has an unusual acoustic effect - a whispering gallery. The rounded domes and arches mean that if you stand with your face turned towards the column on the outer corner and whisper something, someone else standing facing an opposite column will hear you. Apparently, in medieval times merchants used it to communicate trade secrets.
• the well in the centre - this was where bankrupts were brought to sit on the ‘stone of the failed’ (‘la pietra dei falliti’). Passers-by got to hurl insults and abuse (and maybe rotten tomatoes?). Harsh times!
• Look up above to the balcony with the eagle and snake decorations. This is the Loggia degli Osii, where a judge in the 1300s would read out the charges against criminals and bankrupts and their assets were put up for auction.
• The statues and decorations over the Loggia degli Osii are of the Virgin Mary, the saints and the town’s coats of arms.

NOTE: When we stopped by this time, renovation work was being carried out and the Palazzo was partly covered.
Written 3 July 2019
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Michael K
666 contributions
Nondescript square not worth visiting
May 2019 • Couples
This square might have been at the center of power at one time, but today it is in a deteriorating state with nothing to attract attention. It is not worht visiting.
Written 9 June 2019
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Zac C
Hong Kong, China1,189 contributions
Hardly worth stopping
Jun 2019 • Couples
We literally walked past the square twice without knowing it. It's a nondescript place that hardly stands out. Not worth visiting in my opinion.
Written 2 June 2019
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Spare your feet
May 2019 • Friends
I've been in Milan some 7,8 times and never visited this place, so I decided to check now what I've missed. Nothing.
Probably once this used to be a lively and interesting place, but now nothing worth detouring and wasting your time and feet. Any merchants don't exist here no more, but some cafes and restaurants you can find on any other corner.
Best indicator of how interesting it is that on the first TA page are reviews from two years ago.
Written 21 May 2019
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