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      Culture The Tower        Te TASIS campus stands on the Collina d’Oro,         Te value of culture is no afterthought or by-        the “hill  of gold”  in Montagnola,  a little  village   product at TASIS. Symbolized in the TASIS crest as        overlooking Lugano, the most important city in       the Tower, culture is central to a TASIS education;        Ticino, the southernmost and Italian-speaking        the emphasis on art and history starts with the        canton of Switzerland.                               campus itself.        Te “hill of gold” may have suggested wealth and      Te most magnifcent campus building is Villa de        power at one time, but ever since TASIS, the “Scuola   Nobili, a 17th-century mansion that still contains the        Americana,” came to grace the crown of the hill, the   suits of armor placed there when the building was        phrase has developed a new connotation. Education    a national museum. Now, it provides a fascinating        implies another kind of richness, a diferent set of   setting  for  a  dormitory, science  classrooms,        values.                                              administrative ofces, and the School’s dining                                                             room.        Te spectacular setting, with the Swiss mountains        above and Lake Lugano below, is a constant           Another noteworthy building is Casa Fleming,        reminder of the grandeur of nature. Te historic      home of the Founder and a centuries-old landmark        campus buildings suggest the nobility toward which   of the Collina d’Oro, which now houses the alumni,        humans can aspire.                                   development, and marketing ofces, as well as the                                                             ofce of Mrs. Aeschliman.       8 8
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