We booked the Gladiator school after good friends recommended it to us. It was our third day in Rome and was by far and away our 6 year old son's favorite part of the trip. Paolo our trainer was amazing with the kids in our group giving them just enough history along with the training that they really wanted. If you have kids 5 they will love this.
This was so much fun for our whole family. We learned a lot and even got to try on gladiator gear. Then we were instructed in the art of being a gladiator. Finally, we were put to the test. We will remember this always.
This was totally awesome. The kids and adults loved it. Cannot recommend this school highly enough. We took my 4 year old with his big brothers and they welcomed him and made him feel included as well great idea and well run
Jon was an excellent guide. He was engaging and extremely knowledgeable. The tour could have been too creepy in parts if not for his enthusiasm and facts. Good job!
I have already told my family to take this tour.
Awesome tour. We did this tour as a family of 4 as our son really wanted to attend but not on his own. Our gladiator was Emanuel Tiny-mind you there was nothing tiny about him he was fantastic and we enjoyed his knowledge and history of the roman era. I cannot speak highly enough of Tiny he made this tour very memorable. In fact a highlight of our time in Rome ...... Thank-you Tiny and I'm sure I was your best mama Gladiator you have ever trained !!!!!!!
This could have been silly or cheesy, but it was great. The place is really neat, outside the wall and down a dirt road. Roosters crowing, very authentic. They don't push merchandise but give good historical info too. Our kids LOVED it ages 6-11 and were sweaty and got a good workout too with the obstacle course, fighting drills and matches. It was one of the most fun things we did in Rome and I wouldn't miss it if I had kids. My daughter was a great warrior and surprised our gladiator with her ferocity as she took down boy after bigger boy! All in all, an excellent experience!!
Without a doubt a great day out for the whole family. We were fortunate to have a session to ourselves and found the pre fighting information session was exceptionally interesting, especially for the adults. Our son had been looking forward to this for months and wasn't disappointed. He had a great time attacking both Marcus and myself. Many thanks to Marcus for making the tour memorable for our son. Thoroughly recommended.
We all loved this tour, Serena was a fantastic guide who taught us all a thing or two about Ancient Rome. The kids say this was their favourite part of Italy!
Tremendous experience the kids will remember forever! A highlight of our trip! Super gladiator!
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, fun, and friendly. This tour is geared toward primary school aged kids, and they do a great job.
This tour was fantastic! My son Amar is 8 years old and he was captivated by the guide who told a whole story of Rome and made it very engaging for the kids and parents also. there were lots of little activities along the way and a little quiz leaflet to discuss in the evening with the children. There were so many facts that my son remembered and was able to talk about. This tour was the highlight of our stay in Rome. each child was also given a small gift. The guide we had was amazing with the children, very patient also and was able to deal with children of all ages and involve them in conversation about Rome. Well done to her! She made the tour unforgettable.
Serena was great with the kids. She was a wealth of information for the kids as well as the adults. She was very thoughtful and brought with her a Rome book with pictures of what ancient Rome would have looked like, very useful when describing what the environment would have looked like - to both children and adults. Well worth the expense.
Two months on from our walking tour of Rome at night and we are still remembering tidbits of information as the experience was great. Rome is a beautiful and see city at night and this tour well worth doing especially with older kids. It is also a great way to find your feet in this amazing city.
Doing what: Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome
This was a highlight of our holiday trip to Rome, located outside the city (c 20€ taxi ride - just give them the address and they will find it!) - excellent fun, tired the kids and grown up out! Get them to book a taxi back to the city is easiest and quickest way home!
If you want your kids to see the colosseum, this is the tour to do. Our 5 year Old was only mildly bored at times, our 7 year old was fully engaged. Enthusiastic and high energy guide tried really hard. It was a tour for children which the adults went to too, rather than children being dragged around with a bunch of adults Take your own ear phones, our 5 year old had a hard time, they were too big for her ears, she also struggled with the accent. She was probably a little bit too young. Highly recommend this as a great way for children to experience history which adults also enjoy.
Excellent tour overall. Rebecca was just great - loved her personal touch by taking time to remember everyone's names. We had sufficient time to visit the three sites. Lots of information provided at each location. Kids loved it. This tour should not be missed.
We're not usually big on guided tours or experiences, but this one was a winner. It's a bit out of the way, geographically, but worth the trip. The instructor had a great, dry sense of humor. Showed us the traditional gladiator garb/weapons, involving kids in guessing the uses and reasons for different things, putting the garb on them, etc. Then we went through training, a boot camp obstacle course before learning the fighting moves and testing them against each other. Excellent program - highly recommend!
This was an excellent tour. The guide was kid friendly but still informative and passed on a lot of information. She managed fifteen young children very well over two and a half hours. There is quite a lot of walking involved, and the Colisseum is a steep climb, but I would say if you want to tick this off the list and you have kids, you won't find a better tour than this to help you achieve that goal.
This was a fantastic experience for my 12 year old son and me. Paolo spoke English very well, explained everything in detail, had a great sense of humor, and was very knowledgable about Roman military history. There is a small museum of military history and gladiatorial items that is charming and very interesting. Importantly, Paolo called a cab for us at the end of the session and we only had a short 10 minute wait. The school provided plenty of water. The school was a short 15 minute cab ride from our hotel in the center of Rome. I highly recommend this for a great experience with kids. Thanks Paolo. We'll be back on our next trip to Rome!
John was amazing!! Our kids 11 and 14 loved this tour. He funny and energetic. Don't miss this one!
Doing what: Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour of Rome
If you have kids under the age of 12, I highly recommend this. It was the highlight of my 9 yr old's whole trip to Rome. The instructor's were great and spoke passable English but the kids didn't seem to mind. They did a great lesson about gladiator and Roman history before they took the kids out to the sand pit to train them to be gladiators. They did get to spar with each other and with the parents which was the highlight. Even my 14 yr old enjoyed the sparring part and fought her younger sister. They had a different training area for younger kids and then another one for older kids and adults.
Our guide, Michael from So. Cal. was great, as was his companion tour guide Rebecca. Not your typical tour, in that you see a side of Rome that is generally not part of the usual recommended Rome sites. Very informative and interesting. I went to Rome about 30 years ago, and was given an insider's tour by a professor at the American University there, and had seen the Basilica of San Clemente and was glad to be able to share that experience with my kids. I only hope that this tour doesn't become a victim of its own popularity by becoming too tourist-y because it was a great experience. Thanks Mike from Tustin!
Exellent tour for my 9 years old son and us. Great experiance and activity for family with children.
My whole family loved this tour. Very interesting and different from the traditional tour. Tour guides were fun and knowledgeable.
Very informative and fun. Great activity for kids and fun for adults to watch or even participate. Well worth the time and money. Note that it is about a 20 minute cab ride from city center.
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