A course of two consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, at Penobscot School will be dedicated to helping travelers with Italian language skills and the logistics of getting around in Italy.

Italian for Travelers will be led by exchange teacher, Alessandra Baldetti, who is from Isola d’Elba and Siena, in Italy. Baldetti has been teaching four levels of Italian classes for adults and teens, and hosting the Italian tables and potluck dinners at the Rockland-based language school since September 2010. She finishes her training at the school this December.

The course runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is designed for beginner levels, and will provide speaking practice for introducing oneself, asking directions, situations at the hotel, café and boutique. Participants are invited to help prepare (and eat) an authentic Italian lunch. Instruction will be mostly through demonstration and small-group role-plays. The course will be taught, as much as is practical, in Italian, but no previous experience is necessary.

Tuition is $80 for the two meetings, and includes two lunches and a practice booklet.

A life-long interest of Baldetti’s has been the art and architecture of her region and she will also include a virtual tour of the medieval towns and countryside of Tuscany and hints on how to see the local art and festivals.

In September, Baldetti completed a master’s degree, summa cum laude, in “Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language,” at the University for Foreigners of Siena, where she received a bachelor’s degree in 2008. Her thesis, entitled “Overtaking cultural gaps and logistics difficulties while teaching Italian in Kerala (India)” will be published in the journal: DIADORI P., La Ditals risponde 8, sez. Osservatorio, Guerra, Perugia.

Baldetti speaks Spanish in addition to Italian and English. In 2010, she spent six months in the south of India, teaching Italian to young professionals heading for work abroad. She loves to travel and to teach.

Space is limited; pre-registration is required and is online at penobscot.us

For more information, please call 594-1084. Penobscot School at is located at 28 Gay St., in Rockland’s north end.