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We did this after our tour of the Colosseum. My 14 year old son had a great time! He left wanting to do it again! Very informative and fun for spectators too.
It was fantastic! We still don't know who had more fun. My husband and I watching our two adult sons "train" to be Roman gladiators, or the kids playing with swords! The instructor was wonderful, very informative about the history of gladiators, very helpful with the "training", and very friendly. He made the experience great! We had the last class of the day, and he even waited with us until our taxi picked us up. We still talk about the experience and show everybody the pictures. And, how many people can say they trained to be a Roman gladiator in Rome, Italy!
If you are travelling with kids, as we are, this is a wonderful thing to do in Rome. We all enjoyed the class tremendously and Marcus, our teacher in all gladiator and Roman legion related matters, was fantastic. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, he made this morning both fun and informative. The jostling afterwards got all our jet legged limbs moving! Advice: take a taxi at least on the way there as a rather hard to find location in the Roman suburbs.
This was excellent, the staff was very welcoming and informative. Our kids 12 and 13 loved it as did we parents. Great time. There is a little restaurant right down the street. Other than that it is in the middle of nowhere so eat first.
I loved Gladiator School!!! I signed the whole family up and it was worth every penny. We took a taxi out to the compound. The people who work there are super nice. Marcus was our Gladiator Leader and he was fantastic. So knowledgeable. So fun with both the kids and adults. I was disappointed when the museum part was over because Marcus really brought history alive. I could have stayed in there for another few hours listening and learning. Of course the kids loved the fighting. I suddenly got nervous holding a weapon thinking that this thing was going to be used to hit me! But it was all fun and games. No one got hurt. It is something we still talk about and I still remember all the moves. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My 3 children (14- and 11-year old boys plus a 9-year-old girl) thought this was one of the best parts of our visit to Rome. Tour begins in the museum with a detailed explanation of Ancient Roman fighting techniques and a chance for some students to try on various helmets. Everyone donned a gladiator tunic before heading out to the arena. While the students didn't have shade, the spectators had shaded tables and risers to sit and watch. The students were put through a boot camp with running an obstacle course, push ups and somersaults. (Frankly, I'm glad that I got to just watch this part as I personally would have wimped out of the pushups and somersaults). The instructor then taught them fighting techniques, and the finale was getting to pair up and do battle with a padded sword. The free included drink was a bottle of water. They were kind enough to call a taxi at the end of the class. Would highly recommend if you or your kids are looking for something active and athletic to do. Even my daughter who is not particularly athletic enjoyed it.
Great experience for the kids and parents. Definitely a highlight of our Rome vacation.
BRILLIANT! We have two girls, ages 8 and 10... they LOVED the experience... the staff was very pleasant and organized. The instructor was PERFECT - both informative and fun. What a great family memory!
My 12 and 7 year old boys enjoyed this a lot; me too. Great Roman soldier and gladiator museum with an excellent tour which was very interesting for my boys. The simulated gladiator experience was good fun too.
Great experience for our 10 yr old grandsons and me their grandfather. Our taxi abandoned us one mile from school and ripped us off of 50€ and the school sent a van to rescue us at no extra charge. We were most grateful for their kindness. It is a must do experience for children.
Our instructor was funny and informative. He got our minds thinking about gladiators and our hearts pumping over training drills. Our family of four loved it, the boys especially.