Maria Pasquale, Rome Local Expert

About Maria

Maria Pasquale

Born to Italian parents, Maria always knew Rome was her destiny, although she was raised in Melbourne.

An award winning food and travel writer, in addition to 10Best USA Today she also contributes regularly to CNN, Fodor's, Fortune, Architectural Digest and The Telegraph.

An unabashed romantic (Rome being her one true love!) she is the creator of popular lifestyle blog HeartRome ( and author of I Heart Rome (2017) and How to be Italian (2021).

In Rome you'll find her walking the streets of Trastevere, checking out the latest bar for an aperitivo or dining with friends.

Special Interests

Maria knows a lot about:

  • Fine dining
  • Travel planning
  • Shopping

Maria's Special Recommendations for Rome

Maria says, "Don't leave Rome without a walk around Trastevere! Get rid of your map and lose yourself in the cobblestone streets - they will enchant you."

10Best Lists by Maria Pasquale

The Best Hotels in Rome for all Budgets
10Best List

Whether you're looking for a budget abode or boutique style furnishings, Rome has something for all walks of life and wallet sizes. The beauty of this Ancient city, is that there are a slew of hotels that cater to...


Top Ten Things to See and Do in Rome
10Best List

Rome wasn't built in a day, nor does anyone expect you to see it in one either. From monuments and museums to churches and amazingly intact archeological sites, there's plenty to keep visitors of the Eternal City...


How to experience the Amalfi Coast like a local

One of Italy's most popular destinations, the Amalfi Coast is a major drawing card for travelers year after year. 10Best speaks to Maurizio Orlacchio, owner and General Manager of the new luxury hotel Borgo...


Things to Do in Rome for Free
10Best List

Though Rome is fast becoming one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe; luckily for tourists there are plenty of things you can do and see in the city for free. Coming to Rome and not visiting the