Born in Melbourne, Australia, to Italian parents, Maria Pasquale always knew Rome was her destiny and on a whim, moved to the city in 2011. An unabashed romantic (Rome being her one true love!), she is the creator of popular food, travel and lifestyle blog Heart-Rome which has readers in over 100 countries. Her blog was runner up as the Best Italy Travel Blog in 2015 and has been featured in the BBC and Vogue. She contributes regularly to Fodor’s and USA TODAY and was voted in the top 100 travel bloggers to follow on social media in 2014.