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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.
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.
Great fun and very knowledgable staff! A great day for the whole family
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.
Gladiator school was wonderful. It was a great mix of history and action. The kids liked the physical skills and obstacle course, and of course, the swordplay and sparring. The parents liked that, too, but also the history from Paolo. It was a terrific 2 hours - and not too far from the center of the city, although taking a cab is advised.
My kids (ages 11 and 14) had a fantastic time at "Gladiator School!" Not only were they thoroughly exhausted from the gladiator workout, but the museum tour at the beginning of the day was fascinating to my two boys. They learned all about the war strategies and development of weapons of the Romans. Really great!
Amazing! My kids - especially my seven year old said it was the best thing they did on the whole trip!
What a blast! Such fun...and not only that, we learned a lot of the history and raison d'etre of the gladiators. Our teacher was very patient (plus good looking) and made us feel very comfortable as well.
My husband and 3 children aged 11, 9 and 7 (2 girls and 1 boy) did the gladiator school in July, and I watched and took photos. We loved it. The instructor was fun and efficient and friendly. She did a great job in the history museum, teaching us all a lot of content and making it very interactive by dressing us up with costumes and props as we went. She encouraged us to take lots of photos. Then, for the second half, we went outside and had instruction in the art of battle. My husband and children are great sports and really got into the session and made it a lot of fun. it was one of the highlights of our Rome trip. If you are prepared to throw yourselves into the role-playing I say go for it! - you will enjoy this experience. My 11 year old daughter said she wished she could do this for her next birthday party back in Australia. We did the 5pm session and were lucky the day had cooled down with a late rain storm so the temperature was very pleasant.
By far, this was the best thing we did with our 6 and 9 year old. The Gladiators were wonderful with them. Our kids wanted to do the training everyday for our entire trip. Our daughter and the Gladiator formed a "special" bond. I don't know hwo was after who more! A ton of fun, and would absolutely recommend this to everyone!!!
This was such a fun afternoon! My husband and son loved this experience and I highly recommend it as something different to do in Rome. It also helps bring the history alive when you tour the little museum there and the kids can try on the armor. Our instructor, Paulo was amazing and such a character - great guy (he told us to say that)!!! We loved this afternoon!