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Both me and my 8 year old have spent unforgettable time with Gruppo Storico Romano. This site is actually a base of XI Legion, reenactment group with well stocked armory in a Roman villa. Excellent insight in ancient Rome, with battering ram, balistas and catapults. Also our lanista (trainer) Marco Valerie was excellent tutor both to participating kids and adults and spectators. School is easy reachable by public bus, stop is 50 m from the school, 20 min from city center. There are several ways to book the school, one of them Walks inside Rome cancelled our reservation at the last moment, so we booked through the Viator, that was also way cheaper. Highly recommended!
The gladiator leader was very knowledgeable and great with my sons. We all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
A fabulous day for Granny, Mom and Dad and six-year-old grandson. This is an incredibly fun activity for the entire family.
One of the highlights of our trip! Lots of laughs and the whole family learned a ton about Romans!
The adults and the kids all had a great time. It was fun and historically constructive. A wonderful break from the must-see sights in Rome. We would happily do it again!!
Awesome experience. Marco is an excellent guide and instructor. He is very passionate in terms of providing a background of the gladiators and instruction in the use of the gladius (sword). He truly brought history alive. It was the highlight of my trip to Rome and I highly recommend this tour for those visiting Rome.
This was perfect activity for my eight year old son and me. The instructor was extremely well informed and played his role well. The time allotted for training and competition went quickly but in reality it was the right amount of time. Three weeks later my son is still talking about it.
Not only our 3 children 7,9, and 11 (a girls) enjoyed this tour but so did the adults. Lots of information about the Roman soldiers and gladiator history. Our guide, who I am embarrassed to say I have forgotten his name, was wonderful and made this a very special day for our children. They have bought gladiator kits, practice their fighting and tell everyone about what has been the highlight of our 4 month tour.
The biggest highlight of our trip, the Gladiator Training was informative, fun, hands-on, challenging, and invigorating. The kids and I will never forget it!
I gave this adventure as a birthday gift for my brother in law while we were in Rome. He is an American veteran and world conflict historian and was extremely excited about the opportunity. I was a bit worried when he was the only student but his instructor, Marco Valereo, provided a private training session that was amazing. It couldn't have been a better birthday present!
Our guide was terrific. Went through the history of the Roman gladiator first, then the battle tuition began.
Having the history tour enabled us to appreciate the skill and techniques involved in gladiator fighting.
My 2 sons aged 13 and 15 yrs, had a fabulous time, and our instructor was very encouraging and entertaining.
Our family learnt a great deal , and enjoyed a memorable afternoon .
Highly recommended activity.
Fantastic! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! I think this was our favourite part of our whole trip to Rome. I have 13,11 and 6 year old boys. The eldest is very intellectual and could talk about history for ours and the youngest is a huge ball of energy who can't sit still for a minute. The Gladiator school is the first activity that has totally satisfied both their needs! The day was packed with interesting historical facts and non stop action. The gentleman who showed us round was informative and very amusing. I would recommend this to anyone without a moments hesitation!
Awwww... Pietro (I mean "Marcus Valerius")! There are times that a good event becomes a GREAT experience because of the people involved... this was one for us!
What does one give a man who doesn't need anything, but loves the buzz of adrenalin, adventure, and the fun of connecting with his "inner boy"? Well of course, the experience of Gladiator School!
This was perhaps one of the most fun days we had in Rome, thanks to Pietro at the RGS! It started out as a typical Friday 13th (yes!) where everything that could go wrong, did. We got lost, arrived an hour late to our lesson, should have been turned away, but were kindly accommodated. Pietro put my husband through the paces, staying in character the whole time. He was professional, attentive, and truly amazing! We both appreciated the courtesy of his giving a lesson during his break, and when we toured the museum, the information we learned about the reality of being a gladiator was nothing short of astounding.
This is a "must do" tour, whether you're male or female, 5 or 95! They tailor the class to your fitness level, and are very attentive to your needs. A fun event, and well worth doing! Make sure you bring your camera so you can video tape the "evidence" for friends at home.
Oh... and our "bad luck" changed after the class. Thanks to Pietro, we were in a good humor and enjoyed the rest of our day.
(Tip: take the advice of the School and arrive by taxi. It's easy to get the directions confused.)