Great time! This came recommended by a private tour guide we have used a couple of times in Rome. Booked kids ages 14, 12 and 8, the Saturday of Easter Weekend. Turned out it was just the three of them signed up. Paolo was fluent in English and really engaged the kids and us parents on the museum tour. We all learned something. Then came the training! Fun watching the kids. Again, Paolo was great with them. A nice break for the family from the museums and the walking. Highly recommended.
This was an awesome experience.
My instructor Paolo demonstrated a great knowledge about ancient Romans customs and history.
He taught me attack/defend strategies to fight like a gladiator.
I would recommend this tour to anyone!!! Ave Cesar!
Excellent instructor! Enough different kinds of information and activities to be fun for all ages.
Fantastic experience! This is not a cheesy gimmick as many would suspect. The museum had many replicas and artifacts that were thoroughly explained by our guide. Our gladiator was very knowledgeable, skillful, and took the experience seriously giving my kids a wonderful experience. This was truly one of the highlights of our time in Italy.
Our teenage boys thoroughly enjoyed this tour! If you have the time it is a must do!
The entire session was fantastic! We had Paulo and he was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all things Roman.
The museum was absolutely fantastic- very hands on we learnt a lot more there with Paulo than in other sites around Rome. The discussion on the weapons and armour and tactics was fascinating.
The training itself was very fun- he had a good sense of humour and we all had a great time training and fighting. I thoroughly recommend it!
It was straightforward to get a taxi to... and he called us a taxi to pick us up at the end. Easy Peasy!
Gladiator School was one of the great highlights of our trip to Rome. Our 9 year old son and 13 year old daughter did the school, and both loved it. We all enjoyed the discussion of Roman history and weapons with our leader, a centurion who is a carabinieri for his day job. He was very good with the kids,and with the adults. He had us all laughing with his drill sergeant approach to my son, and did a great job of explaining everything and keeping it very interesting. The kids loved learning the tactics of actual sword fighting, and had a wonderful time fighting each other with the padded swords. It made the rest of the trip even more enjoyable for the kids.
We cabbed to the school. There's a coffee bar about 250 yards down the road past the school where you can get cappuccino and food if you get to the school early. The school also called us a cab when we were done at it was there within a few minutes.
All in all, a great experience which i strongly recommend.
This activity was the highlight of our three days in Rome. Our two boys, aged 10 and 13 absolutely loved it. Even better, we all learned something. Our guide, Marco, was really top notch and it was obvious that he cared deeply about providing us an engaging experience. Definitely take a taxi as the Appian Way is not a good place to walk and is a fair distance from the Colosseum. Marco will call a taxi for pickup if you want. Anyone with children must do this. However, I think adults would also really enjoy it I k now my wife and I did!
My twin 8 year old boys thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Interesting history lesson with hands on props followed by fun Gladiator Training tailored to their age and ability brilliantly by the lady trainer. They were nervous before hand but this became their joint highlight (with the Colosseum) of our four day trip to Rome.
Would highly recommend if visiting Rome with children. Our 7 year old son really enjoyed it and the adults also learnt alot!. Our teacher, Paulo, is very informative and genuinely interested in teaching about the Romans. The downside is your child now thinks he is a skilled gladiator!!
Best event in Rome for wannabe gladiators. Family with three boys under 10 years.
It was a perfect mix of education and fun. The museum had many artifacts that allowed the participants to have a visual of the equipment used by gladiators, the life of ancient Rome, and the expansion of the empire. The gladiatore, instructor, was excellent and engaged all of the participants to have a good time.
Sooo cool! Sure the small museum is a bit simple and could need some signs in English, but it was made with passion and love for the history. It kept the kids well engaged. It was not only about the Gladiator games, but also about the Roman war tactics, which was very interesting to hear. After the museum tour it was time to do the training. Don´t bring your prettiest clothes for this, it´s hard work, and a lot of fun!
Myself and two boys had a blast learning the gladiator moves. Paulo was very informative and even showed us around the museum. would recommend this as it is a couple of hours and is very relaxing in what can be a hectic Rome site seeing! We would do this again if we ever get to Rome.
This was a wonderful tour. Very informative, and everyone had a great time. I would recommend this tour.
2children aged 10 and 7 plus parents.... We loved this. Our teacher (Aeriela?) was fantastic and we all had a wonderful, fun time.
The history talk was interesting but the fighting class was brilliant.
A must do for young families ( and older).
Best thing we have done in 9 countries ! was so much fun so knowledgeable really really worth doing a total must do in rome only suggestion take a taxi there amazing do it !
My kids ages 10, 8, 5 loved this. They thought it was the BEST part of our trip. They still talk about it today.
My 9 and 11 year olds loved this, and so did I (44) and my husband (45). Paolo was a great guide and instructor, and gave a good history which kept the kids interested. But of course the gladiator training was the best part. Definitely worth the money.
Our trainer was great - very informative and a great workout!
Although this tour is a bit pricey, my 2 children ages 6 and 7 loved it! It's all they have been talking about! The instructor, although Gladiator strict (in a good way..), kept them engaged and entertained the entire time. Beware of the taxi's taking you there... Find the route first or ask the company to give directions. We had a taxi driver take us all over. I had the route on my phone and saw him deviate pretty quickly. When I challenged him, he tried to make the 4 of us (young kids included) get out on a busy street. I called the instructor, put him on speaker phone and he got after the taxi driver. We ended up being 20 min late thanks to the taxi driver but the gladiator instructor more than made up for the lost time.
Learn how to become a gladiator is fabulous. The Society that runs it is very dedicated towards dissemination of the history of Rome. We learned SOOO much. My 10 year old son found it the best part of our 2.5 week Italy trip!!
5 stars! Paulo shared his vast knowledge of the Romans with much dignity, respect, and courteous beyond belief to us. The hands on learning of Roman battling brought that time to life. Memorable! Thank-you for the amazing experience!