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Piazza Mercanti Tours

Piazza Mercanti
Centuries before Piazza del Duomo became Milan’s main square, medieval Piazza Mercanti was the heart of the city. Marking the center of Milan’s historic center, this charming space is lined by porticoed palaces dating from the Middle Ages and offers a picturesque counterpoint to the rest of the city’s stately majesty. 

The Basics
Italy’s finance and fashion capital, Milan is known for its urban hustle and bustle, especially in and around the main Piazza del Duomo. To get an idea of what the city looked like centuries before the Duomo and adjacent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II were built, join a walking, bike, or rickshaw tour of Milan's historic center that includes a stop in Piazza Mercanti along with Sforza Castle and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Piazza Mercanti, a short walk from Piazza del Duomo, is a welcome respite from the crowds of the city’s main square.
  • Piazza Mercanti is paved and pedestrian-only, so easy to manage with a wheelchair or stroller.
  • Tours of Milan’s historic center are mainly outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather.
 
How to Get There
To reach Piazza Mercanti, walk from the northwest corner of Piazza del Duomo along Via Mercanti until you see the piazza on your left. The square is located between the metro stops of Duomo and Cordusio.
 
When to Get There
Piazza Mercanti is much less famous than Piazza del Duomo, so generally not as inundated with tourists and shoppers. You can take a break here during the busiest hours of the day when the crowds are at their peak. The piazza is just northwest of Piazza del Duomo, so you can easily combine a skip-the-line tour of the city’s soaring cathedral with a visit to its more modest original main square.
 
The History and Architecture of Milan’s Former Main Square
Piazza Mercanti, or Merchants Square, was once much larger than it is today, occupying part of present-day Via Mercanti. Most of the buildings on the square were built in Gothic or baroque style, including the Palazzo della Ragione (Milan's historic city hall), Loggia degli Osii, Palazzo dei Notai (Notary's Palace), and Palazzo delle Scuole Palatine. A well dating from the 1700s and fitted with two columns a century later marks the center of the square. A stone once stood near here that was used to publicly shame the city’s merchants who were debtors or, worse, bankrupt.
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Historic Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line Last Supper Ticket

Explore Milan's most significant historical landmarks, including skip-the-line access to da Vinci's 'The Last Supper', during this walking tour. With your local art historian guide, visit sites like Sforza Castle, the Scala Theater, Piazza dei Mercanti, and the Duomo. View 'The Last Supper', Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, without waiting in the general admission line. All entrance fees are included on this small-group walking tour.
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Best of Milan Experience Including Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' or Vineyard and Milan Duomo Tour

Explore Milan’s top attractions on a walking tour. Led by a guide, visit the Duomo di Milano, Italy’s largest church, and enjoy your choice between skip-the-line entry to ‘The Last Supper’ or a tour of Leonardo da Vinci's Vineyard. Discover the city’s famous plazas, stroll through the fashion district, and check out popular spots with the locals. Numbers are limited to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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Best of Milan Rickshaw Experience and Last Supper Tickets

Hop on a rickshaw, and see the sights of Milan at a more leisurely pace. As a driver pedals you around the fashionable Italian city, you’ll pass Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione, La Scala, and more. Even better: Your tour comes with a ticket to see Leonardo da Vinci’s’ The Last Supper’ — the 15th-century mural that’s one of the world’s must-see paintings.
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Milan Bike Tour

See Milan from another perspective with this exciting guided bicycle tour of Italy's fashion capital. Opt to take the tour in the morning, afternoon or evening and then hop on a mountain bike to tour the city. With your guide leading the way, pedal past some of the city's main attractions, such as the Duomo and the Sforza Castle, as well as off-the-beaten path landmarks. Numbers are limited to ten on this small-group Milan bike tour, ensuring you’ll see the sights with personalized attention from your guide.
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Walking Tours

Milan City Center Walking Tour with Local Guide & Fast Entry to Duomo Cathedral

Sforzesco Castle and Milan Cathedral are two of the most popular sites of interest in Milan, but without a guide their rich histories can be hidden. This convenient walking tour makes it possible to check both off your list in a day, plus take in other Milan landmarks such as the medieval Piazza Mercanti, Piazza della Scala, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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Discover Valpolicella

Join an unforgettable tour in our family Winery with the winemaker!We are a small Winery boutique in the heart of Valpolicella and we organize activities to share our passion for Valpolicella and Amarone wines with our guests (we offer it directly, without intermediaries or tour operator).We’ll start with a walk in the vineyard, telling you the family history about the winery and the estates. You’ll learn how to dry Amarone grapes in the traditional drying room, a process called Appassimento. You'll visit our rural house and the cellar from the 17th century used for winemaking and refinement. At the conclusion, the tasting of a selection of our fine wines Valpolicella, RIPASSO and the great AMARONE, learning how to evaluate them by sight, smell and taste. You’ll also enjoy our organic EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, local cheeses called Monte Veronese and Soppressa Valpolicella (a kind of salami). We’ll be waiting for you on our amazing terrace with a stunning view of the Valpolicella!
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Two Hours Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

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Milan Must-See Sites Guided Tour with Skip-the Line Tickets to Duomo & Cathedral

Discover the best of Milan on a comprehensive small-group tour of the city. Visit important sites including the Sforza Castle, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and enjoy skip-the-line admission tickets to the Duomo Cathedral. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the history of Milan as well as famous residents and landmarks. This tour is great for first-time visitors who want a quick introduction to the city.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

3 Hours Bike Tour in Milan

Cycle your way around Milan's main attractions with a 3-hour bike tour. Ride past the Sforza Castle, Parco Sempione, La Scala opera house, the Galleria, Santa Maria delle Grazie church, the Duomo and even Milan's canals. Pause regularly throughout the tour to snap photos and learn more about what you're seeing from your knowledgeable guide. Choose a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule.
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One Hour Sightseeing Tour in Rickshaw in Milan

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Highlights of Milan Treasure Hunt for Kids and Families with Must-See Sites

Discover the highlights and hidden gems of Milan during this family-friendly scavenger hunt through the city. Climb to the top of the iconic Cathedral of Milan, see a statue of the famous Leonardo da Vinci, and stroll through the red-bricked fortress of Sforza Castle. During the tour, solve puzzles, play games, and take fun quizzes to learn about the history of the city, fun for the kids and the adults.
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Discover Milan - Full Sightseeing in Three Hours

This is a Top Tour! Do you want to visit the historical monuments and the modern side of Milan comfortably seated? Get on our rickshaws and you will see Milan from a truly unique point of view. You will see Milano Duomo Cathedral, Sforza Castle, Arch of Peace, Sempione Park, Mercanti Square, Financial District with Cattelan Finger (L.O.V.E.), La Scala Opera House Square, Sant’Ambrogio Basilica and the cloister of Catholic UniversityBrera District. And moreover, discover the other side of Milan. The main city of northern Italy is the most important laboratory of modern and contemporary architecture in Italy. You will see the major urban regeneration projects, Porta Nuova and CityLife: the famous vertical forest, Gae Aulenti place, the skyscrapers by Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind. What are you waiting for?
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Milan 90 minutes Kickstart Tour

Discover the best of Milan on this 90-minute highlights tour. Traverse the city with your guide and see sites such as Porta Garibaldi, Piazza Mercanti, Castello Sforzesco, and of course, the Piazza del Duomo. Learn about the architecture and the history of the city and get insider tips from your guide during this overview tour.
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Illuminated Milan Tour for Kids and Families with Gelato & Pizza

Discover the cosmopolitan city of Milan at night on this 3-hour family-friendly tour. Follow your guide through the key landmarks of the city such as Sforza Castle, Piazza Mercanti, the Duomo, and more as your kids engage in fun activities along the way. Learn about the history of the city from your informative guide and even enjoy a delicious slice of pizza and some gelato.
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Milan Private Sightseeing Tour for Kids and Families with Local Guide

Milan is full of historic landmarks, architectural wonders, and cultural attractions, but it can be a challenge to keep children entertained while sightseeing. This private 2.5-hour tour is specially designed for families, so you can check off sights such as the Duomo, Sforza Castle, and Piazza Mercanti, while keeping the kids amused with iPad presentations, pop-up books, games, and fun commentary.
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Milan Sightseeing Walking Tour for Kids and Families with Local Guide

Keep everyone happy with this family-friendly Milan tour that focuses on the fun side of the city’s landmarks. After checking out the curiosities of Milan Duomo, you’ll learn about Leonardo da Vinci who adopted the city as his hometown, then visit the “talking stones” of Piazza Mercanti and the courtyards of Castello Sforzesco. Trivia, treasure hunts, and quizzes complete the fun.
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Skip-the-Line Tours

MILAN CATHEDRAL SKIP THE LINE

Explore Milan’s city center with a guided tour and a skip-the-line ticket to the famous Duomo Cathedral. Head straight inside the Gothic Cathedral with your guide and learn about this fascinating sacred building. Uncover the history of the city as you visit other popular sites such as Mercanti Square, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and La Scala Theater.
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Milan Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line ticket for the Duomo

Explore the city of Milan on a 3-hour guided tour. Visit sites such as the 19th century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala theater, and a skip-the-line to visit the Gothic Duomo cathedral. Learn about the fashion and financial capital of Italy from your informative guide as you traverse the city on foot and snap some photos along the way.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Milan by Night Treasure Hunt for Kids & Family with Pizza Gelato & City Wonders

Are you looking for a unique experience in Milan involving the whole family? that's the perfect tour for you! You will explore all the highlights of this Italian city, such as: piazza Duomo, Sforza Castle, galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and much more!The tour also includes genuine pizza and gelato for all! Your family will learn while having fun!
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Milan Private Tour with Skip-the-Line ticket to Sforza's Castle

Explore Milan on this guided private tour. See the Gothic beauty of the Piazza del Duomo, the glass roof arcade of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza della Scala, and more. Plus visit the impressive fortress of Sforza Castle to explore its museums with your guide.
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Cultural Tours

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Guided Walking Tour & Sightseeing of Milan Top-Attractions for Kids & Families

Discover the sights and sounds of Milan on a private tour that’s fun for the whole family. Walk through the streets of the historic city center and see landmarks such as the Duomo, La Scala Theater, and the Sforzesco Castle. Rather than just listening to your guide repeat facts, the children play games, answer trivia questions, and participate in fun competitions to learn about the history of the city.
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Illuminated Milan Tour of Must-See Sites for Kids & Families with Gelato & Pizza

Visit the cosmopolitan city of Milan at sunset when the city is less frenetic. Join a small group to discover the landmarks of the city centre.The Duomo of Milan, the Sforza Castle, Piazza Mercanti and Piazza della Scala are just some of the places you will visit during our 2.5-hour walking tour.Your family-friendly guide will involve you in games, treasure hunts, trivia and much more, and will keep your children's attention throughout. A slice of pizza and delicious gelato will provide the perfect accompaniment to this amazing tour.Do not miss this opportunity to have an entertaining and interactive tour that will last long in your memory!
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Cultural Tours

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Milan: Private Tour of the Medieval Milan

Discover the beauty and elegance of medieval Milanese art in this 3-hour private walking tour. See the five main symbols of medieval Milan. The meeting point is in Piazza dei Mercanti. Visit the Duomo, the Sforza Castle and the church of San Maurizio. The tour ends with the visit at the Milan's second most important church: the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio.In Milan, the old buildings are not imposing and opulent like ones in Rome. Milan has a discreet elegance that almost whispers. Milan is not a city on the grand scale, like Paris or London, but if you go beyond the narrow streets, and past the house facades, you discover fantastic interiors, small intricate gardens and intimate refined settings. When you really know Milan you think at something exclusive and private. Milan always insisted upon rigorous simplicity, no stand exhibitionism. Milan is a secret city and you need a guide to understand why this city is imposing itself as a world capital of economic, elegance and sweet life.
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