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Piazza Mercanti, Milan

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Piazza Mercanti is a central city square of Milan, Italy. It is located between Piazza del Duomo, which marks the centre of the modern city of Milan, and Piazza Cordusio, and it used to be the heart of the city in the Middle Ages. At the time, the square was larger than it is now and known as "Piazza del Broletto", after the "Broletto Nuovo", the palace that occupied the centre of the square . In the 13th century, there were six entry points to the square, each associated to a specific trade, from sword blacksmiths to hat makers.Until the late 19th century, Oh bej! Oh bej! was held in Piazza Mercanti.
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  • This looks an interesting square when walking by, and it does have some nice buildings and statues, but what makes it quirky is a nice restaurant at one end of the square and Macdonalds at the other!  more »
  • To me it was not so impressive - it's kinda shaded within gorgeous surroundings of Duomo place. Anyway you should see Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, which is on this Piazza.  more »
  • This small picturesque square used to be the commercial & administrative center during the Middle Ages and is located near the Duomo in the historical center of Milan. It has retained most of its medi...  more »
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  • It is like a fairy tale until you notice the McDonalds :-D
  • Nice place, great shops and interesting places around
  • Magnificent piece of architecture, one step from Piazza del Duomo and you feel like entering a different era.
  • Lovely spot and away from the hussle and bustle of the Duomo square
  • The Piazza Mercanti is a beautiful piazza surrounded by old historic buildings a (very) short walk from the Duomo. We passed through on part of a walking tour and came back later in the day to eat lunch. Not a lot to see if you do not know what you are looking at. There was a restaurant that had set up tables for lunch where only locals were eating, so we were very excited to try it. The food did not disappoint but was not a "cannot miss." My mom got the pesto ravioli, and it was by far the best dish on the table. Unless you are a true wine buff, I recommend ordering the house wines wherever you go in Italy.