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Awesome experience. Marco is an excellent guide and instructor. He is very passionate in terms of providing a background of the gladiators and instruction in the use of the gladius (sword). He truly brought history alive. It was the highlight of my trip to Rome and I highly recommend this tour for those visiting Rome.
Not only our 3 children 7,9, and 11 (a girls) enjoyed this tour but so did the adults. Lots of information about the Roman soldiers and gladiator history. Our guide, who I am embarrassed to say I have forgotten his name, was wonderful and made this a very special day for our children. They have bought gladiator kits, practice their fighting and tell everyone about what has been the highlight of our 4 month tour.
I gave this adventure as a birthday gift for my brother in law while we were in Rome. He is an American veteran and world conflict historian and was extremely excited about the opportunity. I was a bit worried when he was the only student but his instructor, Marco Valereo, provided a private training session that was amazing. It couldn't have been a better birthday present!
Even better than expected! We saved it till our last day and after visiting the Colloseum which helped to build up anticipation. My 7 year old son was itching to get to the gladiatoring but loved trying on the excellent replicas of Roman uniforms first. We had a very informative and interesting tour of the museum before heading to the training arena. Paulo, our guide and trainer, readily answered the steady stream of questions and provided a fantastic insight into the life of the Roman soldiers as well as dispelling some common beliefs on the gladiators.
The training brought out the inner Gladiator in all of us and was just long enough to cover the moves, allow for some fierce combat and just short enough to save anyone from humiliation. The only thing that you should be wary of are the biting flies that made an appearance after the morning rain, they ate me alive BUT my gladiator training prevailed!
This was the perfect end to our trip - in my son's words, "That was AWESOME! "
Absolute gas - took a 7 and 70 year old and we had a great time !
My 3 boys (6, 8 and 10) had a brilliant afternoon.
Easy to miss if you drive there yourself.
Very interactive tour, not only the fun training, but the 'history bit' too.
Parents get an excellent view for classic photos and videos.
Stirred their imagination for seeing the colosseum etc.
This was the best thing we did in Rome. Paolo was great in teaching us about gladiators and roman soldiers and the life of the time as we toured the museum. His passion came through and my children just loved getting dressed up and having to do real gladiator routines. If you have got young children, this will bring the colleseum to life.
Paolo gave us a great experience at the Gladiator School. We spend a little under an hour learning about the history of gladiators and Roman battles in general — this included trying on authentic looking helmets, which was quite fun. Then he took us out to an obstacle in which you have to run through a series of swinging sand bags without getting hit. The trick is to listen to their sound and wait for the open space. Then we went to the ring to learn the basic moves used in gladiator fighting. Many of them were reminiscent of my fencing days in college! After that, we duked it out with other members of our group in the ring, and had a small "awards" ceremony, where we received completion certificates with our names printed on them. It was really an enjoyable time!
MY 15 year old son loved this. It was the highlight of his trip I think
Great job. You don't know what to expect when you arrive as its a little remote location but they did an outstanding job for 2 hours with our boys and it was the kids trip highlight! I would highly recommend this.
Great fun and very knowledgable staff! A great day for the whole family
Outstanding! Would recommend to anyone. Great workout. It was a lot of fun.
Our training started in the little museum they have adjacent to the training arena. We were shown the various Roman implements of war and given some history of gladiatorial combat. This portion lasted approximately 45 minutes. Our instructor/guide was Marcus Valerius and he was in his character as drill instructor / owner of the school most of the time. He was gruff yet entertaining and very informative, helping put the recruits into the right mood.
Once the training started, Marcus took the time to ensure every recruit understood the 5 basic attack and defense moves and then paired us up for fight training which lasted about 45 minutes. Recruits who failed to perform were made to do 5 push-ups, much to the entertainment of the audience. After that, it was the arena for individual combat with winner take all! Great fun and as intense as you wanted it to be.
In the end we were all presented with Roman citizenship papers (much cheaper than going through the consulate :) and Marcus arranged for cabs for us.
My wife and daughters (5 and 7) did not participate but had a great time both during the museum portion and especially the fighting portion. Highly recommended although if you come in summer as we did, you'll be a sweaty mess after.
The tour was informative, interactive and the instructor was patient, funny and knowledgable. I highly recommend it if you want not only to learn about history but feel as if you are participating it. I will be doing an article on this as well for "traveling mom" under adventure travel mom, Fran Capo. Watch for the link and You tube videos coming up soon.