Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator
Your gladiator lesson takes place at the Gladiator School of Rome, located near the Colosseum on the historic Appian Way. Specializing in the reenactment of ancient Roman life and gladiator fighting, your instructors are members of the Historic Group of Rome and will begin your class by providing you with your costume — a traditional belt, tunic, leather gloves, and a training sword known as a rudis. Learn the basic skills of gladiator sword fighting before summoning your imagination and channeling your inner ancient Roman as you fight off ferocious lions and battle other sword-wielding gladiators. If you wish, you can participate in an optional gladiator tournament, complete with a prize for the victor. Either way, all participants receive a certificate of accomplishment at the end of your lesson. Friends and family are allowed to watch your class from the viewing platform. Admission to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum is also included so you can check out gladiator weapons and other artifacts.
• Gladiator School of Rome, Via Appia Antica 18, 00179 Rome Italy
- 2 hour class to become a Roman Gladiator in a Day
- Lessons are instructed by members of the Historic Group of Rome
- Gladiator clothing and weapons hire for the duration of your lesson!
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and beverages, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 6 years
Best activity we did on our whole trip to Rome the 3 hour tour ment we could visit sites including Trevino fountain ,orange gardens and the collisum amongst others in a short space of time it's a fun way to see lots of different land marks in a short space of time the tour guid was highly informed and made sure we were given interesting facts at every stoping point on the tour I would throughly recomend this tour it was execelent
Our taxi dropped us of at what seemed like a random alleyway, but it was there at the end of the street. The museum was awesome. They have a nice collection there and it was very hands on, encouraged to handle the equipment and tools. After a thorough history lesson, we started the training learning choreographed moves then how to defend. The other group never showed so it was just me and my husband. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot
The Gladiator School was such a fun and memorable experience for our 10 yr. old son and 8 yr. old daughter! It was quite interesting and educational learning about all the weapons and tactics used by the original Roman gladiators. Our instructor not only looked the part (like a stunt double straight out of the Gladiator movie), but he kept the children (and us parents) engaged the entire time. The actual physical “training” they put the kids through is awesome! Let’s just say our kids slept well that night. lol And while the instructor led “fights/matches” between the kids are no joke...it is all conducted in a very safe and fun manner. Definitely a highlight of our time in Rome! (Oh and be sure to take mosquito repellant as it is outdoors and we ended up getting a ton of bites)
This one is a crowd pleaser. You learn some history by looking first hand at replica tools and models. Then you train and even spare! The instructor is great. Just be aware that the school is held at a site not close to the coliseum, and you will need a cab there and back.
We visited on Sunday and had a fantastic time. The staff were amazing- so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and encouraging. Our gladiator trainer was so good with our children. The venue is great, it really feels like you have stepped back in time to Ancient Rome. Would definitely recommend!
We have two boys ages 6 and 11--they loved it and so did we. The "Gladiator" was very knowledgeable and good with children. There is a self-defense angle to the class which we found good. It was neat to see the Gladiator equipment and the boys thoroughly enjoyed the "training" portion. The experience was in English and very understandable. Highly recommend for boys or girls. It was one of the things that the boys liked best about Rome.
This was cute for young kids (12 and under). The staff was very nice but the mosquitoes were horrible - be sure to put on bug spray before you get there.
If you’re traveling Italy with kids, this is a must. A great break from the museums. The staff was great, so entertaining and inclusive of everyone. We all had a great time, but our 2 boys had the best time
We signed up our four girls (5, 9, 9 and 11) for this experience. They were in a group with just two other young kids (in the 8-10 range). They LOVED it and rated it as one of their favorite things we did in Rome. The instructor was good humored. He was a big guy and made jokes about the kids needing to keep in line. He provided good history upfront and demonstrated some fighting moves. The actual training wasn't as fun as some of the videos I saw with flying arms you had to duck under, but it was still great. They had a few circuits they had to run through over balance beams and through swinging ropes. They caught swords out of the air and learned about 4 different fighting moves. Then, they each had the opportunity to fight in a ring and get scored. The instructor was nice enough to let our 5 year old win. I think of this experience really for children, but for them, it was a nice glance into gladiator life that really complimented seeing the coliseum and learning roman history on the rest of the trip. Taxis in Rome are cheap and this place was tough to turn into. I might just do a taxi if I did it again, but we didn't have any problem parking at the place. Definitely don't plan to walk on that road. It is skinny and dangerous.
A fun afternoon for my son who had the chance to learn about Roman history and try his hand at a gladiator experience!
The last time I did this trip with grandchildren was last November. It was cool and there were only four children participating and it was so much fun that I wanted my other grandchildren to experience it. Unfortunately, it was very crowded with children and parents participating and there was too much downtime with children standing around listening to the instructor who entertained them because he was humorous but that wasn't what we took them there for. There is a small gladiator museum which is actually quite interesting if you can get near anything or ask any questions but that was impossible with so many people. If you asked the kids if they enjoyed it they would say they did but from a consumer's perspective I just don't think we got our money's worth and it was only because there doesn't seem to be a limit to the number of participants. The activity began with the instructor telling the participants how to be gladiators and yelling at them because that is how gladiators are treated. He was pretty funny but it took up way too much time and got a little boring after awhile. Then we went outside and everyone did gladiator drills. And then the gladiators took turns learning their skills with some being eliminated early because they "were disasters" and others being allowed to stay up for an inordinate amount of time. After the training they then took turns going one on one in combat with "swords". If you do this activity there will be a lot of laughs because he was entertaining but I really wasn't looking for a comedy show. I will end this review with some advice - bring insect repellent.
The museum lesson was really informative and fun, very interactive. Training was great, my kids loved every second of it. Definitely the highlight of our 3 days in Rome
so much fun - especially if you take the Kid at Heart attitude! Plus there is a little bit of a history lesson some physical training and the chance to legitimately take a swing at your partner!
Lots of fun for the kids its not really for adults, and the instructor was great with them. The accompanying small museum they have helps put it all in context
Fun experience if you are looking for something different to do in Rome other than the main tourist attractions!
My son had the best time, he is 15 now and still remember :
This was a lot of fun with kids. The instructor was very nice and full of interesting facts.
We had a great time. My two pre-teen boys and I took the class and had a lot of fun. This was the perfect thing for the kids in between site seeing and museums. The first part of the school was very informative and then the interactive part was fun and informative as well. It is a little pricey but worth in in the end.