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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
Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator
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What To Expect
Your gladiator lesson takes place at the Gladiator School of Rome, located near the Colosseum on the historic Appian Way. Specializing in the reenactment 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.
Booked the experience for my two kids and we all had the greatest fun. First, there was the most interesting and engaging tour of the small gladiator museum where we learnt about the history of gladiators and various interesting details of their life. Then there was the gladiator workshop. I watched while my kids participated in the training. The guide was exceptional! I cannot recommend this place highly enough - it's definitely worth it!
This was fun for both adults and kids. Marcus was our guide/instructor. He provided a wonderful history lesson, engaging experience, and a lot of laughter, which all leads to happy memories of a fun time in Italy.
Fantastic and a highlight of my 11 year old. Loved the school and the experience. One child was a bit reluctant, but the group was happy to swap him out with my husband. It was fantastic and really interesting to learn about the training and fighting techniques safely.
GIve your kids a historical and physical Roman boot camp!
, Jan 2020
A very fun and enjoyable session. As long as you are willing to 'get into the spirit of it', the instructor takes you through history of Rome, the Legions and Gladiators, then conducts a mock boot camp. Basic sword attack and defense strokes along with fitness accompanied by lots of attitude!
Adding my voice to the chorus of praise - this was just an incredibly fun and informative way to get to know more about Roman history. The two young men who ran the show were incredible - fun, nice, knowledgeable...just wonderful. The "warriors" got to try on different helmets and learn about their uses. They got to hold different weapons and learn about them. They ran a crazy training course three times, then practiced offensive and defensive moves with little shields and wooden swords. They battled each other, then battled the guys from Gruppo Storico, who managed to help everyone "win" without making it too obvious. It was an absolutely perfect way to get a teen and a tween into the spirit of seeing the Colosseum and other historic sites. Don't hesitate - this will not disappoint!