I was travelling in Italy with my 9 year old son and this was one of the highlights of our trip. The instructors were helpful and entertaining and they made a point to include everyone. We were in a class of about 20 people (including about 7-8 children) and each person had his own work station. First the chef demonstrated and explained the techniques very clearly as we watched and then walked around as we followed his steps. There were 2 instructors - one did the pizza instruction and the other did the gelato instruction. They both helped during the "hands-on" part. Each person made a pizza but the gelato was a whole group demonstration since it has to be made in a larger batch. After the "work" was done we ate together and got to know each other a little. It was an informal atmosphere and an enjoyable evening.
My 9 year old son couldn't wait to be a Gladiator and he had a great time during the class. The school was a little outside the main part of the city so we had to use the Metro and a bus to get there and then walk down a dirt driveway that had no signage other than an address so we weren't quite sure we were at the right place...this was the most difficult part of becoming a Gladiator. The first 45 minutes we learned about the Roman Empire and the warriors and Gladiators from a very knowledgeable instructor. Then we went to the arena and the training began. The parents watched as the children warmed up, learned several techniques, and "fought" a one-on-one match. Several of the other parents had paid to participate and indicated that they wanted to but were not included in any of the physical part - though they did receive a diploma at the end. My suggestion would be to pay only for the children since it seems as though they were the ones the class was intended for and the class is very pricey.
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