Ticino is home to a school of contemporary architecture which has produced names of international renown such as Luigi Snozzi, Aurelio Galfetti and Mario Botta. It is not surprising then that in 1996 the Academy of Architecture opened in Mendrisio. Various itineraries are available that will help you to locate and admire their works. In Bellinzona we suggest a visit to the restored medieval castle of Castelgrande, which has a number of ultramodern features, or the splendid Teatro Sociale. In the vicinity you will find the Antico Convento delle Agostiniane (Augustine Convent) in Monte Carasso. Other interesting buildings include the ancient Palazzo Casorella in Locarno and Casa Bianda in Losone, the cylindrical Palazzo Botta in Lugano, the radar station on Monte Lema as well as the churches on Monte Tamaro and at Mogno in Vallemaggia.
In the bowels of the earth
The Alptransit tunnel at present being built under the St. Gotthard provides a fascinating opport-unity for a truly original incentive. The tunnel " 57 km " will be the longest railway tunnel in the world. This might sound like a rather inhospitable ambience for an incentive, but Alptransit, at the forefront of modern engineering, has left nothing to chance and inside the site you will be able to visit the Infocentro, an ultramodern work of architecture, where you can hire fully equipped rooms for meetings and seminars.