Photo: the TASIS campus from Villa De Nobili with the pre-Alps of Lombardy and Switzerland and Lake Lugano in the background. Casa Fleming, the oldest campus building - early 16th century, is on the left. Students lunch on De Nobili's outdoor terrace in the foreground.
TASIS's location and campus are spectacular. The TASIS campus stands on the Collina d'Oro - 'the hill of gold' in Montagnola, a little village overlooking Lugano. Lugano is an important city in the Canton of Ticino, close to the Italian border; Ticino is the southernmost and Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland.
The TASIS campus is a combination of academic, boarding, and recreational facilities that harmonize with each other and with the surrounding landscape.
Culture is no afterthought at TASIS, and the emphasis on art and history starts with the campus itself. The most magnificent campus building is Villa De Nobili, a 17th-century mansion that still contains the suits of armor placed there when the building was owned by the Marchese De Nobili, Italian Ambassador to Switzerland. The Villa De Nobili now provides a fascinating setting for a dormitory, classrooms, administrative offices, and the dining room.