The administrative center of the city during the
Middle Ages, the Piazza Mercanti offers visitors
a glimpse of Medieval life in Milan. The square is
smaller now – the 13th-century Broletto Nuovo
that once stood at the center of the piazza now
marks the square’s northeast boundary – but the
buildings look much as they did centuries ago.
On the southeastern side is the Loggia degli Osii
where the city’s authorities once addressed the
populace from the structure’s balconies. During
the winter holidays, the square is turned into a
lively Christmas market.