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Tour code: 2466GLAD
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

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had 3 boys ages 13 and twins 11. This was just the most fun and highly educationally at the same time. I highly recommend it

Heather F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Request Emanuele! The afternoon we spent at the school was definitely a highlight of our family vacation. My husband and I enjoyed it as much as my 12 and 15 year old children!

Nicholas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic experience with a genuine instructor who could have been from the Roman days. Full of fun, great humour, interesting stories and action in the ring. Great for kids of all ages.

Peter G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One of the highlights of the trip. Took our 11 year old. They spent the first hour in the museum learning about gladiators, history, weapons and more. Then the remaining time was spent in training with the finale being to practice against one of the other kids in a ring. Even got to set up a 1:1 fight between father and son. He loved it. The two who conducted the training were just amazing, helpful and kind.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was the best experience for my 15 year old during a 7 country visit. He loved it!!!! It is hard to find and not next to the colosseum, but the area has a lot to do, go early morning time and spend the day. There is a tourist information location, rent bikes do the catacombs.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a major highlight of our day in Rome, especially for my 7-year-old daughter. After a very busy morning at the colosseum and palatine hill, it was so fun to do something like this as a family. We will remember this afternoon fondly forever.

Kevin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Roman Gladiator School was one of the highlights of our trip. Our trainer was great with our 7 year old son and I enjoyed the experience as well. It was great to see so many of the military artifacts in the showroom and my son really enjoyed exploring all of the helmets. We would certainly recommend this to any families that had an interest in how Gladiator's were trained.

Kimberly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Kids and Adults both had an amazing time!! Wolfgar was so much fun!!

Ann L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We loved gladiator school, so much fun for both the kids and adults! Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very interesting for children and adults alike!

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