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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)
Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games, get hands-on with ancient Roman history and have the best fun you can imagine!


  • Two-hour Roman gladiator training
  • Lessons led by members of the Historic Group of Rome
  • Hire of gladiator clothing and weapons
  • Free drink included
  • Free entrance to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum
  • Choice of lesson times throughout the day

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What You Can Expect

Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Roman Gladiator School Learn How to Become a Gladiator

During your two-hour lesson, your gladiator instructor will teach you how to fight with authentic weapons used by the gladiators of ancient Rome. Lessons are organized and led by members of the Historic Group of Rome who specialize in the re-enactment of Roman life and gladiatorial combat.

Don't miss this opportunity to re-create Roman history and life as a gladiator. Dressed in a traditional gladiator tunic, belt, leather protective glove and rudis (training sword), you can let your imagination run wild as you play like Spartacus for a day, fighting off ferocious lions and sword-wielding warriors!

Next, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting and take part in an optional gladiatorial tournament, with the winner receiving a victory prize. All participants receive a certificate of accomplishment.

If you're fascinated by Roman Gladiators but not sure if you're up for it, you can choose to watch friends or family free of charge. There's a great viewing platform.

Are you up to the challenge of this truly Roman experience combining culture, sport and ancient legends!

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time! I would highly recommend this for both adults if you are fit and children. They were great during the event and helpful with getting transportation back to hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

OK, off the beaten path, take a taxi to get here, and they will call for one at the end to take you back. Strange, kitschy entrance, with a fun little museum. The gladiator trainer/tour guide gave great historical perspective of gladiators in Rome, and the the fun began. Gladiator school was both fun for observers and participants. Great for ages 10-50. Highly recommended in Rome, if you are tired of Museums and Churches, this is for you, simple half day fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a fabulous and fun morning we had learning about gladiator history and all the training skills required to be a gladiator. My 9 year old had a ball as did my husband even if he did get to be the demonstration victim. The tour started with some history and explanation of the the various types of gladiators and the weapons they used. Then onto the main activities. Some warm up training, then the basics of moves using a wooden sword. The highlight was getting to battle an opponent. Son beat the father!
Highly recommend this activity.
Easy enough to get to. We took the metro to Piramide then due to being the first session of the day and not wanting to be late, we grabbed a taxi for the 5 minute ride.
After the training we actually walked back to Ostiense station, which took 15 minutes, then the train back to town but you could take a bus as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I read all the reviews before I booked. My husband and I had honeymooned in Rome and this time around we had our 7 year old daughter so I wanted to do something I thought she would like since we weren't missing anything we hadn't already seen. We all participated and loved it. There is physical activity and you will get sandy/dirty and hot. They give you water! It was great. The museum tour was really insightful. Then to the ring for training. Hermes was our master and had a good balance of staying in role and cutting us a little slack when needed. Be prepared that when they order you a taxi back, you pay for the taxi to get there AND to get to your destination at least that's what our driver charged us. Not like in the states... Have the taxi drive you down the road. No need to walk that stretch by trash cans as it sounded like some people had done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My 7 and 9 year old boys enjoyed Gladiator school. They had lots of fun learning the technique with the sword and then learned a lot in the museum room. It made what they saw at the Colosseum seem more real and impactful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We took three of our sons there - this place is amazing. Wonderful and interesting narration of history for all ages. Everyone had a great time learning essential gladiator skills. They were also very kind to call a taxi for us at the end of the lesson. Highly recommended !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our grandchildren loved this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is highly recommended for everyone. We went as a family of five and four of us did the training after a very interesting tour of the museum. It was very rustic, but well worth the cost for the learning and experience. Do it!

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