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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Master the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a genuine gladiator school on the ancient Appian Way. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's gladiator games, get hands-on with ancient Roman history and have the best fun you can imagine!


  • Two-hour Roman gladiator training
  • Lessons led by members of the Historic Group of Rome
  • Hire of gladiator clothing and weapons
  • Free drink included
  • Free 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

During your two-hour lesson, your gladiator instructor will teach you how to fight with authentic weapons used by the gladiators of ancient Rome. Lessons are organized and led by members of the Historic Group of Rome who specialize in the re-enactment of Roman life and gladiatorial combat.

Don't miss this opportunity to re-create Roman history and life as a gladiator. Dressed in a traditional gladiator tunic, belt, leather protective glove and rudis (training sword), you can let your imagination run wild as you play like Spartacus for a day, fighting off ferocious lions and sword-wielding warriors!

Next, learn the basic techniques of gladiatorial sword fighting and take part in an optional gladiatorial tournament, with the winner receiving a victory prize. All participants receive a certificate of accomplishment.

If you're fascinated by Roman Gladiators but not sure if you're up for it, you can choose to watch friends or family free of charge. There's a great viewing platform.

Are you up to the challenge of this truly Roman experience combining culture, sport and ancient legends!

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an absolute must! In the end my husband took part with my 10 yr old. My daughter was unwell. The gladiator who took their class was absolutely first rate! He looked the part, he made it interesting, told us all about the different types of weapons, armour, moves etc for each level of fighter in the Roman Empire. Then it was training time. They had to do a few laps of a small arena, dodging sandbags, doing commando rolls etc and then it was time to learn how to fight. He used just the right amount of humour and seriousness. Taught them some basic moves/blocks with swords etc and then they got to fight with each other! Very well organised, he was an ex wrestler and professional gladiator. Brilliant!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Perhaps because we were the only participants and thus got very personal attention, we rank this experience among the top activities done while in Rome. If traveling during warmer months, then we recommend to go in the morning while it is cooler.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a highlight of our holiday trip to Rome, located outside the city (c 20€ taxi ride - just give them the address and they will find it!) - excellent fun, tired the kids and grown up out! Get them to book a taxi back to the city is easiest and quickest way home!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We're not usually big on guided tours or experiences, but this one was a winner. It's a bit out of the way, geographically, but worth the trip. The instructor had a great, dry sense of humor. Showed us the traditional gladiator garb/weapons, involving kids in guessing the uses and reasons for different things, putting the garb on them, etc. Then we went through training, a boot camp obstacle course before learning the fighting moves and testing them against each other. Excellent program - highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Really enjoyed our time here with great memories made with my 12 year old!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our 16 and 18 year old really enjoyed the Roman Gladiator School and appreciated the enthusiasm, wit and knowledge of the instructors. We would definitely recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Gladiator school was great! The instructor was informative and dynamic. My only suggestion is to have better directions to the venue, as the taxi dropped us off at the main road, and we didn't know that we had to come up the alley. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fantastic experience for my 12 year old son and me. Paolo spoke English very well, explained everything in detail, had a great sense of humor, and was very knowledgable about Roman military history. There is a small museum of military history and gladiatorial items that is charming and very interesting. Importantly, Paolo called a cab for us at the end of the session and we only had a short 10 minute wait. The school provided plenty of water. The school was a short 15 minute cab ride from our hotel in the center of Rome. I highly recommend this for a great experience with kids. Thanks Paolo. We'll be back on our next trip to Rome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

So much fun! A nice break from the bustle of the city.

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