5 star rating: Highly Recommended 487 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Awesome - our children had a ball - highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Fantastically fun for both participants and the crowd. We could have spent the day in the museum learning history. Our fearless gladiator owner taught us to much and allowed us to wear the helmets. Then came the training which was wonderful followed by the battle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

My kids son 13, daughter 11 LOVED this activity in Rome. We took a break from the traditional touring and participated in Gladiator School. The history was discussed and then the kids became gladiators and history came alive in the hands on activity. I will warn you...there is physical activity here...running, push-ups, etc. The instructor of the class plays a character...one who is teaching slaves or prisoners to fight, and our instructor stayed in character until the end. At first, the harshness made my daughter nervous, but by the end...she, and our son, will tell you it was one of the activities they will always remember about our family trip to Europe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Our 9 year old boy and girl loved this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Paolo was great. Very knowledgable and took care and time to answer all of our questions. Even about the evolution of the maniple.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

We did this tour several years ago, and it was just awesome. When we booked this time, we thought it would be hard to beat that first experience, but it definitely did. Just an awesome experience for my son and our family. Best activity of our vacation!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

My hubby and I were the only people booked into a class that morning so we had a teacher to ourselves. First stop was the museum. Were very interested in Ancient Rome so for us it was terrific to see the weapons and helmets used by the gladiators and to learn about the features of each type but young kids may be bored by that bit.
The practical class in the sand arena was great fun. Having been trained in both attack and defense moves by our trainer we had a bout which I of course let my husband win. We were then awarded our freedom with Roman citizenship complete with certificate.
After the class we were taken to the soldiers camp where some rookies were being sworn in as legionaries for life so a crowd had gathered to see the ceremony and there was much Aveing and people were dressed in costumes befitting their role senators, centurions, legionaries, noblewomen, prostitutes and criminals with signs around their necks displaying their crime including a dog. Such a fun experience with enthusiastic people dedicated to preserving their history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I took my 12 yr old son on this. We both had a wonderful time and learned so much! I would recommend this to everyone kids and adults!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Lots of fun. My 12-year-old son and I had a great time. Our trainer Pietro aka Marcus Vallerius was a tough, but funny drill instructor. We survived the school. Alas, neither of us finished as the top gladiator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great family fun. We had a blast. Kids had fun but I think the adults had even more fun! Take a taxi as its a bit in the middle of nowhere. Also, be ready for a bit of a work out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Our nine year old son went to Gladiator School this morning. It was the complete highlight of his trip to Rome. He had an hour learning to fight with Paolo and we all spent a fascinating hour in the museum afterwards. Paolo was friendly and funny and really good with our son and made the entire morning fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Excellent instructor! Enough different kinds of information and activities to be fun for all ages.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

It was a great experience, our sons were working hard to become a gladiator : Our trainer was great, the historical review was very interesting and the training was exciting.
Eva, Hungary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

My 9 year old kids loved it! Both my son and daughter loved the gymnastics/obstacle course/sword play aspects of it, and my husband and I enjoyed learning about the Roman soldiers' gear and weapons and how they were used. Terrific experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Amazing! Kids loved it, ages 11 and 8. Even the adults had a great time. Our tour guide even got us involved....great time, highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

What a great time! Even though I was the only participant, I thoroughly enjoyed all that I learned. It was a fantastic history lesson as well as a physical challenge to experience how the gladiators trained and fought. It was well worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

One of the highlights of our Rome trip. Paolo the instructor was amazing. He took care in providing us with a tour of the museum and some Roman history before the training began. My boys, aged 8 and 10 enjoyed completing the obstacle course, and had a blast sparring with each other. Definitely a very memorable experience and I highly recommend for other travellers with children.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Me and my boyfriend absolutely loved this and we are 19yrs and 20 yrs old - this can still be fun for adults :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Excellent, very informative, my son really enjoyed the whole experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This activity was fabulous! Our 3 kids ages 17, 14, and 12 2 boys and a girl, had an outstanding time. The small museum is quiet educational, filled with relics from ancient Rome. It was just our family that evening, so the kids received lots of one-on-one attention. They loved the battles they had with each other. As it was us, we were able to participate in the battles as well. You can well imagine how much fun the kids had battling their parents then watching their parents battle each other. It was a wonderful evening and a highlight of our trip. I do apologize for not remembering the name of the instructor. I would highly recommend all participants to wear shoes and clothes you dont mind getting sandy/dusty.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This activity was fabulous! Our 3 kids ages 17, 14, and 12 2 boys and a girl, had an outstanding time. The small museum is quiet educational, filled with relics from ancient Rome. It was just our family that evening, so the kids received lots of one-on-one attention. They loved the battles they had with each other. As it was us, we were able to participate in the battles as well. You can well imagine how much fun the kids had battling their parents then watching their parents battle each other. It was a wonderful evening and a highlight of our trip. I do apologize for not remembering the name of the instructor. I would highly recommend all participants to wear shoes and clothes you dont mind getting sandy/dusty.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Our instructor Paolo was enthusiastic and very passionate, he appealed to both father and son. From the museum tour to the actual training, it was well done! Definitely a highlight of our two week trip in Italy! We are back home and still using our skills only now we use foam lightsabers. Getting there was a little tricky, plan on a cab ride!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Fantastic! A bit difficult to find due to unhelpful taxi driver but well wroth the effort. The museum and history lesson was awesome, learnt so much. Then my husband and two boys 8 and 10 had the BEST TIME EVER training and fighting like a gladiator! They didn't want to leave. Highly recommend this to families.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Lots of fun for adults and children. The tour around the museum beforehand is very informative. The Gladiator training is a proper workout!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

beautiful surroundings, very nice team, we had a lot of fun.

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