A day in Milano walking the streets and shopping at some of the world's most famous stores, I came across an advertisement which took me by surprise.

In Europe, there are many historic landmarks. As an Australian, our short history means we don't have the depth of historic value as our European counterparts. Many Australians travel to see these landmarks and learn about their historic value.

In Milan, the most famous landmark is undoubtably the city's gothic cathedral called Duomo which was commissioned by Bishop Antonio da Saluzzo in 1385.

To the side as you can see with this picture is a very big billboard for Mercedes. I was shocked. Not because the billboard said anything particularly alarming, but because it commercializes a major landmark in a way that I feel tourism does not.

What do you think of this billboard for Mercedes? Is this position right?
Is there nothing sacred when it comes to advertising?
Mellissah Smith is a serial entrepreneur and business leader with more than 20 years' experience in marketing.
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Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert, author, writer, public speaker and technology innovator. Having worked with more than 300 companies across technology, medical device, professional services, manufacturing, logistics, finance and health industries, Mellissah has a well-established reputation as an experienced marketing professional with more than 20 years experience. As the founder and managing director of Marketing Eye, she has taken the company from startup to a multi-million dollar enterprise with offices in Australia and the US. Mellissah is also the Editor in Chief of Marketing Eye Magazine, a quarterly magazine that cover marketing, entrepreneurship, travel, health and wellbeing. #mellissah #marketingeye

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