- the beautiful medieval square and the lodges
In the Middle Age this square was the centre of the city: judges used to announce edicts from the Osii Lodge, Panigarola notaries used to enroll ducal decrees and public acts and Saint Augustine gave lessons in the Palatin schools.
This is Piazza dei Mercanti, a beautiful square featuring several important buildings including Palazzo della Ragione (the ancient town hall), Palazzo dei Giureconsulti (aka Notary’s Palace), the Palatin Schools and the Osii Lodge.
Should you walk under the lodge of Palazzo della Ragione, where once notaries, bankers and merchants used to arrange the stands for their trades, remember to stand in front of one of the pillars and whisper something to someone standing at the opposite side of the square. They will perfectly understand your message. It’s an antique trick used by merchants to communicate amongst them in the distance.
Once in the square look for the Scrofa Semilanuta bas-relief (a small sow) on Palazzo della Ragione’s façade. This used to be the symbol of the city before the Visconti family introduced their big snake.
Wikipedia: Piazza dei Mercanti
Wikipedia: Scrofa semilanuta