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Find out what it takes to be an ancient Roman gladiator at the Gladiator School of Rome. During a hands-on lesson with instructors from the Historic Group of Rome, learn how to fight with authentic weapons of the time while wearing a traditional gladiator tunic and belt. Located on the Appian Way not far from the Colosseum, this class is a unique and interactive way to learn about ancient Roman history, sports and culture. Select a lesson time when booking.


  • 2-hour Roman gladiator training
  • Learn gladiator fighting techniques from members of the Historic Group of Rome
  • Wear and use traditional clothing and weapons
  • Includes entrance to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum
  • Choice of lesson times throughout the day

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What You Can Expect

Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Roman Gladiator School Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Your gladiator lesson takes place at the Gladiator School of Rome, located near the Colosseum on the historic Appian Way. Specializing in the re-enactment of ancient Roman life and gladiator fighting, your instructors are members of the Historic Group of Rome and will begin your class by providing you with your costume: a traditional belt, tunic, leather gloves and a training sword known as a rudis.

Learn the basic skills of gladiator sword fighting before summoning your imagination and channeling your inner ancient Roman as you fight off ferocious lions and battle other sword-wielding gladiators. If you wish, you can participate in an optional gladiator tournament, complete with a prize for the victor; either way, all participants receive a certificate of accomplishment at the end of your lesson.

Friends and family are allowed to watch your class from the viewing platform. Admission to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum is also included so you can check out gladiator weapons and other artifacts.

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Customer Reviews

Nicole E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Gladiator training was marvellous, my son and husband really enjoyed the training and I loved watching. The short talk in the museum was also interesting. The 'gladiatrix' who hosted us was great.

Maria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My two boys 9 and 7 years old totally LOVED their gladiator class! The 2 hours flew like the wind: the trainer was very knowledgeable and really lived his part he showed us around the museum and took the boys through their paces they finished exhausted but 100 happy. A most enjoyable experience for the whole family, excellent value for money and the stuff memories are made of. Not to be missed! We have actually repeated :-

Joanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We all enjoyed the tour and the kids loved Paolo, Highly recommended.

Brett W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was the highlight of our son's 8th Birthday on our last day in Rome. We had a great time. Young and older can enjoy the fun and challenge of the Gladiator School. Awesome.Thank you again, the Walker family.

Sabrina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A terrific way for the kids to understand a piece of Roman history and get out some of their wiggles after a day of sightseeing.

Anthony & Petra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The kids 8 and 11 really enjoyed this activity and had loads of fun. Definitely something that we can recommend to others.

Jared M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great experience. The location is definitely out in the middle of nowhere! Take a cab and follow the signs down the dirt road. At the end of the road, you'll see the location. Once there, the museum tour is superb and the staff members are excellent. Of course, the highlight for our two boys was getting in the ring and learning to be a Gladiator!

Leah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic activity. I recommend adding some signs to indicate how to find the class session, yet the class remained the highlight of my 14-year-old son's trip. Great class from a patient but powerful gladiator. Fun to watch!

Leah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My son loved this experience, definitely the highlight of his trip to Rome. Beware, the location is out-of-the-way but taxi drivers know it well. However, it appeared deserted when we arrived yes, 5 minutes later than start time as the group had proceeded to the Museum and training area. There were not signs to indicate where to go so we had to wait around until we could reach someone by phone to direct us where to go. Everything went more than smoothly from there, and our Gladiator Trainer was fantastic with the kids. I would just recommend that the school put a sign to indicate where to go when class is in session. Overall, fantastic experience.

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What an incredible experience! The kids loved the museum and training. Our gladiator was fabulous with them! I definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to the area!!!

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