About Maria Pasquale


HeartRome recounts the life and times of Italian-Australian, Maria Pasquale who walked away from her corporate career in Melbourne to chase La Dolce Vita in Rome, Italy. Not just an ode to Rome, the site features posts about food and wine, dining, luxury and international travel, lifestyle and the arts.

It has become a go-to source for information on Rome, dining and broader travel and has recently been featured through major travel and media brands like The Telegraph, CNN, Conde Nast, Fodor’s, USA Today Travel, 10Best, Tripology, EasyJet, Rough Guide to Italy and Peeta Planet  (for Dubai One TV). In 2014, the blog was listed in the Top 100 Travelers to Follow on Social Media and in 2016 named Best Italy Travel Blog by Italy Magazine.

HeartRome has developed a strong and highly engaged daily readership across more than 120 countries and a social media network that exceeds 30,000. In October 2017, Maria’s first book – I Heart Rome (Stories and Recipes from the Eternal City) was released worldwide by Smith Street Books.

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Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne. With a formal background in political science, policy and history, she now runs her own event management and PR company, through which she manages PR and social media for Eating Europe Food Tours (Rome, London, Amsterdam and Prague).

An unabashed romantic (Rome being her one true love!) she created HeartRome because of her love of Rome and writing. Maria is a social media strategist and freelance food and travel writer and is the Rome and Italy contributor for USA Today brands, 10Best and Tripology. In Rome you’ll find her walking the streets of Trastevere, checking out the latest bar for an aperitivo or dining with friends.

Maria Pasquale