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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
AMAZING AND OUTSTANDING. The first 45 minutes is in the museum where the history of the gladiators is reviewed. the instructor was very personable and interacted with the kids very well. the lesson that followed we did private lesson with another family was enjoyable and entertaining and everyone involved both spectators and participants had an incredible time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN!!
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.
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!
We have two boys ages 14 and 11. They really enjoyed gladiator school. The first hour was very informative. Kids and adults all enjoyed learning the techniques of a gladiator. Our instructor Pablo was knowledgeable, kind and funny. This was an excellent break from the museums and churches.
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
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!
Paolo was great. Very knowledgable and took care and time to answer all of our questions. Even about the evolution of the maniple.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Me and my boyfriend absolutely loved this and we are 19yrs and 20 yrs old - this can still be fun for adults :