Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne. With a formal background in political science and history, she is now a food and travel writer and contributes regularly to USA Today, The Telegraph, Condé Nast, CNN and Fodors. She has worked with major brands including Dubai One TV, Etihad, Starwood, Marriott, Rocco Forte Hotel Group, Baglioni Hotels, Google, Oslo and Paris Tourism Board and many others. Her popular and award-winning lifestyle blog, HeartRome is read in over 100 countries, has been featured in BBC, Vogue and RAI News among others and boasts a 30,000 strong social media following. Her first book, I Heart Rome (Smith Street Books) is a collection of recipes and stories and was released worldwide in November 2017. In Rome you’ll find her walking the streets of Trastevere, checking out the latest bar for an aperitivo or dining with friends.