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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Spend a Spartacus-style evening in Rome, enjoying a gladiator show with dinner at Gruppo Storico Romano. While a gladiator school by day, the attraction puts on a captivating reenactment of a gladiator fight in the evening, complete with dances typical of Ancient Rome. Watch the armored gladiators clash their swords in the ring, and then enjoy a traditional Roman meal served with honeyed wine.


  • 1.5-hour Rome gladiator show and dinner at Gruppo Storico Romano
  • Sit by the gladiator ring and watch a reenacted gladiator fight with ancient dancing
  • Cheer on your favorite gladiator while admiring their weapons, armory and costumes
  • Enjoy a typical Roman meal with honeyed wine after the show
  • Upgrade to include round-trip transport from central Rome

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Treat yourself to a totally different evening in Rome! You'll step back in time to the days of Imperial Rome, feeling like you're watching a real gladiator fight with Roman soldiers and ancient dances. You can have pictures taken with the weapons and armors, and enjoy traditional food, too.

What You Can Expect

Imperial Rome Gladiator Show and Dinner

Watch ancient dances at Gruppo Storico Romano!

Start your evening experience with a pickup from the Arch of Constantine (in Ancient Rome) or alternatively, head directly to Gruppo Storico Romano on Rome’s Ancient Appia road. The famous gladiator school is run by one of the city’s historical reenactment societies – an organization that aims to bring the days of the Roman Empire to life.

Take a seat at your table near the attraction’s gladiator ring, and relax while watching the performance of gladiator fights and ancient dances. Using real weapons and replica costumes, the actors show off classic combat tactics and moves that were once used to entertain the braying Roman masses. Gasp in astonishment at their athletic maneuvers and cheer on your favorite gladiator to win.

After your show, a waiter will serve a typical Roman meal with mulsum (aromatic honeyed wine) at your table. Dishes vary each time, but typical meals include an oven-cooked pasta dish with spiced meat and mushrooms, served alongside libum – a loaf of bread made from honey. Sit back and relax in this oh-so unique setting, enjoying a meal fit for an emperor.

If you booked the option with transport included, meet your driver at the pre-arranged point after dinner, and then finish your experience with a drop-off at the Arch of Constantine. Alternatively, your experience finishes at Gruppo Storico Romano.

Please note: specific dietary requirements can be catered for if advised in advance. Note this in the 'special requirements' field on booking.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The venue is a bit off the beaten track but we really enjoyed this evening and the people who hosted it were informative and entertaining and very enthusiastic. Great mime play about life in Imperial Rome. We loved it. Food is basic but that was life then! They really engaged with my son who is 8. Good fun evening.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

I would recommend this trip for families. The show and dinner caters for small numbers only (there were three children in our group of twelve ) which was good as it meant the children were all able to participate in the show. The food was basic but tasty and fitted in well with the overall feeling of the show. If you expect this to be like medieval banquets back home you will be disappointed maybe not a trip for just adults.

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