Teaching Traveling: Welcome to Dianne and Bill, adventurous and intellectual authors of two guidebooks on Rome, Italy! Tell us a bit about your background.
Dianne & Bill: We are a long-married couple, from Seattle and Chicago respectively, who met at Stanford-in-Florence. We’re retired from being a) a tax lawyer and managing partner of Buffalo’s largest law firm (Dianne), and b) an award-winning historian (Bill – last solo book – Patty’s Got a Gun – on Patty Hearst). Pieces of our travel: We went to China in 1979 before it was open to U.S. tourists (through Canada), to Cuba in 1982 just before President Reagan cancelled US tourists (with The Guardian), and into the Eastern Bloc countries on our own as the Iron Curtain was falling – heard Vaclac Havel in Bratislava (now Slovakia) in November 1989; to Romania with our son (then in the Peace Corps) and now daughter-in-law.
TT: Love it! Tell us more about your travels.
D & B: We now spend two to three months per year in Rome, which has led to our two alternative guidebooks to Rome: 2009 – Rome the Second Time: 15 Itineraries That Don’t Go to the Coliseum (in eBook in 2010), and just-published, eBook: Modern Rome: 4 Great Walks for the Curious Traveler (both Curious Traveler Press).
TT: How did you start traveling to Rome?
D & B: We prefaced Rome with several trips to Italy – including the Stanford-in-Italy semesters; 6 months in 1989 in Bologna – when we just took our kids (then 18 and 9) and lived there without jobs or contacts for 6 months – now THAT was an experience; and Bill’s teaching Fulbright Professor at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) in 1993 – that hooked us on Rome.
TT: How did you find the money to fund this travel?