Maria is specialized in Post-Classical Archaeology. She studied Classics at the University of Catania, and holds a specialization diploma and a Doctorate’s degree in Christian and Medieval archaeology from the University of Bari. She was involved in archaeological excavation in Turkey, and she was granted a research fellowship from the University of Malta. Maria continues to do research at the University of Catania, and recently, she has been examining the epigraphic remains of Siracusa's Christian catacombs. Maria has extensive experience working with school children.