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Ticino is a latin land: the Romans brought the vineyards and left important public structures (towns, bridges, alpine passes). The names of numerous villages such as Sonvico and Vico-Morcote testify it.

Ticino in the middle ages was dominated by the bishops of Como and Milan and the Rusca, Visconti and Sforza families imposed their will.

The castles of Bellinzona still testify of the strategic importance of the Ticinese valleys along the St.Gotthard route.

Ticino has been a member of the Swiss Confederations since 1803 und in the 19.century gave refuge to many of the Italian freedom fighters of Risorgimento, among others Carlo Cattaneo and Giuseppe Mazzini.

Ticino means mild climate, unique natural contrasts and varied landscapes. The Ticino River, which gives its name to the Canton, begins in the Gotthard Region amid steep gorges and deeply carved valleys. Ticino is divided into four regions: Bellinzona, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Mendrisiotto.

Ticinese architects are internationally recognized and many contemporary objects can be seen in the urban as well as in the more rural areas. Some explain the high quality of many contemporary buildings in Ticino through the epic work of the migrant workers who, already in 643 AD, traveled all over Europe designing and constructing great buildings and whole cities.

After World War II, the building boom enabled a new generations of Ticino architects to make a name for themselves. Ticino has made itself a recognized name for itself in the architectural world, lead by names as Mario Botta and Aurelio Galfetti.

In 1996 the Academy of Architecture opened its doors in Mendrisio, as part of Ticino's new university.

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June 30, 2005 change by giorgio

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