Summer Credit Course in Italy 2023

Applications will be available in Fall 2022.

Program Details


(Niagara Catholic District School Board / Hamilton Dante Centre)

It is with great disappointment that the organizing team has decided to postpone the Credit program in Italy until 2023

Applications for Summer Credit Course in Italy 2023 will be available in fall of 2022.

Apply Online.

*Earn up to 2 Credits*  

Students may earn up to two credits but only, if they combine photography with another credit course. For example, Beginner Italian and Photography. There is an additional charge of $150 for those wishing to enrol in the second credit program.

Courses offered depending on enrolment.

  • Classical Civilizations – LVV 4U (pre-requisite: ENG 2D1 or ENG 2P1)
  • English – ENG 3U / ENG 3C / ENG 4U / ENG 4C   (pre-requisite for all English courses)
  • Italian – LWI BD1 / LWI CU1 / LWI DU1  (pre-requisite only for LWI CU1 and LWI DU1)
  • Photography – TGP 3M1 / TGP 4M1  (pre-requisite only for TGP 4M1)


Please note that information meetings will be held for those students and parents wishing more information and registering for the Summer Credit Programs in Italy. See below for fees and other requirements.


To be announced

 PARENT INFORMATION SESSION:  There are no parent meetings scheduled at this time. 

Fee Includes:

  • Non-stop round-trip airfare Toronto to Rome – Venice to Toronto
  • Canadian and Italian airport taxes, departure taxes, hotel taxes
  • Comprehensive youth insurance package
  • Air-conditioned luxury motor coaches
  • Accommodation in hotels
  • All daily breakfasts, most lunches and all dinners
  • All excursions on itinerary (Rome, Pompeii, Chieti, Sulmona, Florence, Assisi, Pisa, Venice, Verona)
  • All guided tours and entrance fees to museums, art galleries and monuments
  • Culinary demonstrations
  • Use of Italian school classrooms as well as other sites
  • Instruction by Ontario certified teachers as the credit program is offered by local Ontario District School Boards
  • Use of textbooks

Fee does not include:

  • Transportation to / from Toronto Pearson Airport
  • Light lunches when travelling (approx. 7)
  • Cell phone usage (phone plans)
  • Non-instructional items for Photography students
  • School supplies
  • Purchase of items of a personal nature



1. Visit the Hamilton Dante Centre website:

2. Complete the online application form and click “submit”.  There is no fee for the online application.

3. Print, complete and sign the mail-in application form. To download the form, the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader is required. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.

4. Prepare all installment payments (postdated cheques) payable to Ventresca Travel Agency Ltd.
Note: If you are taking Photography, include the additional fee cheque for $150 payable to the Hamilton Dante Centre. Confirmation of acceptance will likely be sent by February 15, 2022. (SEE FEE SCHEDULE BELOW).

5. Send the mail-in  application form and all post dated cheques to:

Hamilton Dante Centre, 446 Mountain Brow Blvd., Hamilton, ON L8T 1A8

TOTAL COST: $6,745.00 per student(subject to adjustment prior to January 31, 2022)  (additional fee $150.00 for Photography)
 (Full comprehensive Insurance package is included in the cost)


Four (4) post dated cheques payable to Ventresca Travel Agency Ltd.

  • 1 February, 2022            $1,000.00
  • 1 March, 2022                 $2,000.00
  • 31 March, 2022               $2,000.00
  • 28 April, 2022                 $1,745.00

Additional fee cheque for Photography students payable to Hamilton Dante Centre:

  • March 1, 2022                              $    150.00

The Hamilton Dante Center charges a $700.00 fee for their organization, preparation, and administration of the experience. This fee is included in the total cost.


If a parent/guardian cancels on or prior to February 21, 2022 – full refund of all monies paid to date, including the administration fee.

Cancellation on or prior to February 28, 2022 – full refund of all monies paid to date less $700.00 Hamilton Dante administration fee.

Cancellation after February 28, 2022 – 100% penalty of monies paid to date including the $700.00 administration fee.

The insurance portion of the fee (approx. $220) is not refundable after March 31, 2022 if the trip is cancelled, and the reimbursement claim is made through the insurance company. Click the link to

Ultimate Youth Premium Insurance Package:

P.S. For your information and appreciation, all registrants of the 2020 program received back all the money paid and deposited through the travel agency, less the insurance premium.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application will reserve a space in the Summer Credit Program, but the registration is not complete, and the space will not be confirmed until the hard-copy mail-in application form is completed and submitted with all postdated cheques. A confirmation email will be sent soon afterwards.

As we plan the Summer Credit Program in Italy 2022, the safety and wellbeing of our participants is paramount. The school board will, therefore, be closely monitoring appropriate Public Health Agency of Canada Travel Advisories and working closely with the travel agency and the insurance company to ensure strict adherence to all regulations, restrictions, advisories and health and safety policies in Canada and in Italy. Parents/guardians will also want to regularly monitor Public Health Agency of Canada.

NOTE: All travel arrangements are made through Ventresca Travel Agency TICO #1375988.