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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.)
Even better than expected! We saved it till our last day and after visiting the Colloseum which helped to build up anticipation. My 7 year old son was itching to get to the gladiatoring but loved trying on the excellent replicas of Roman uniforms first. We had a very informative and interesting tour of the museum before heading to the training arena. Paulo, our guide and trainer, readily answered the steady stream of questions and provided a fantastic insight into the life of the Roman soldiers as well as dispelling some common beliefs on the gladiators.
The training brought out the inner Gladiator in all of us and was just long enough to cover the moves, allow for some fierce combat and just short enough to save anyone from humiliation. The only thing that you should be wary of are the biting flies that made an appearance after the morning rain, they ate me alive BUT my gladiator training prevailed!
This was the perfect end to our trip - in my son's words, "That was AWESOME! "
This was an awesome experience for my family. Fun for all ages. Be prepared to get a workout, and learn a lot.
Absolute gas - took a 7 and 70 year old and we had a great time !
This was excellent in every way. Informative, personnel,fun, funny, and hard work. The museum was most interesting and our gladiator was a wealth of knowledge and enabled us to get a picture of the history in a sequential order. My husband worked very hard and I have never laughter so hard. I highly recommend for those fighting and watching!
My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Italy and on our stop in Rome we booked into a 2 hours session gladiator training. Paulo was absolutely awesome and filled us in all the Roman history and attire the soldiers used to wear. We had a fun sword fighting session and learnt some self defence. Absolutely worth it and would recommend it to anyone.
Scuola gladiatore was the highlight of our trip to Rome. My kids enjoyed it tremendously and so did we.The staff are passionate about what they do and will spare no energy to make the experience a truely memorable one! I recommend this place to all families with children looking for a little action.
My 3 boys (6, 8 and 10) had a brilliant afternoon.
Easy to miss if you drive there yourself.
Very interactive tour, not only the fun training, but the 'history bit' too.
Parents get an excellent view for classic photos and videos.
Stirred their imagination for seeing the colosseum etc.
What fun this day was.
Some agility exercises came first, just to get things mooving.
We learnt the basic attack moves then how to defend them.
Mooved on to practice the moves and then.....
The Circle !!! (drawn in the sand)
Now to put it all into practice against your opponant...
About 10 bouts were held, time depended on the time to achieve a "win"..
Much better than the crappy youtube vids..
Highly recomended for dynamic people.
This was the best thing we did in Rome. Paolo was great in teaching us about gladiators and roman soldiers and the life of the time as we toured the museum. His passion came through and my children just loved getting dressed up and having to do real gladiator routines. If you have got young children, this will bring the colleseum to life.
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.