Who We Are

As of February 20, 2015, Mama Margaret is semi-retiring and will no longer accept any new Italy travel requests. 

A huge thank you to all my wonderful Italy cooking tour clients for enjoying our cooking, wine & local life tours since 1995 and for all the beautiful memories when I traveled with them and talked with them!

I thank all my Italy food & travel e-newsletter readers for all their notes of encouragement and support over these 15+ years!

My website will stay up for now only as a reference for current 2015 clients. Ciao for now!


We helped food and wine lovers experience authentic life in Italy with a cast of local people through extraordinary cooking and wine tours in eight Italian regions.

Local people welcome you into their homes, wine cellars, farms, restaurant kitchens so you enjoy truly unique, rich, insider experiences. Margaret has been traveling to Italy  for 40 years. Thanks to her experience and connections, through food and wine you make heart to heart connections with Italian people and often leave as friends. We create our itineraries so you feel, taste, touch, smell real Italy and feel part of local people’s lives.

We offer set and custom designed Italian cooking and wine tour itineraries in Piedmont, the Riviera, the Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily. We also plan, design and book your whole Italy vacation and give you valuable travel tips so you save time and stress and have more fun in Italy.

Cooking School Tours In Italy with Mama Margaret started in 1995 as a licensed tour operator in Vancouver. In April 2014 Mama Margaret joined Land of the Gods, a tour operator in Vancouver, that has specialized in Mediterranean travel for 10 years. Their parent company, Omega Travel International, in Vancouver has been in business for 40 years. Margaret was their Italy travel specialist and continued to focus on cooking and wine holidays.

Margaret Cowan
Margaret Cowan






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