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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

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Roma, Italy
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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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2 hour class to become a Roman Gladiator in a Day
Lessons are instructed by members of the Historic Group of Rome
Gladiator clothing and weapons hire for the duration of your lesson!
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and beverages, unless specified

Departure Point

Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

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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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Scuola Gladiatori Roma

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Great experience!
, May 2021
Our children found the experience fascinating and informative. A wonderful way to learn about Roman life.
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Experiencing History
, Oct 2020
This was a highlight of our trip to Rome. The instructor Marcus was able to keep all 3 children 11, 9 and 6 entertained. This was no easy feat since the older two jumped right in but the the younger one was a bit intimidated at first. By the end though they all had a great time and were practicing the fencing moves at dinner that night.
Highly Recommend for Families
, Oct 2020
Spectacular experience! The whole family had fun. There's a short history in the on site museum/equipment room. After that we learned basic moved and was able to spar. We ended up with great memories and wonder pictures. Highly recommend!
Gladiator school
, Oct 2020
Fantastic learning experience for children and adults! I highly recommend this when traveling with children in Rome.
Highlight of our trip: Family of Four
, Oct 2020
I’m not exaggerating when I say this was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. Yes, seeing all the historical sites are fun, but this was a chance for us as a family to learn, play and have a much stronger emotional experience to the spectators And gladiators of Rome. Our guide/trainer was kind, knowledgeable and did a terrific job with our group, including the kids. It’s a little off the beaten path, and it’s obviously not as polished as some of the other places in Rome, but for us it was hands down worth it and made our visit that much more of an experience.
Becoming a gladiator
, Sep 2020
This was definitely the highlight of our time in Rome. My wife was apprehensive to “gladiator training”. By the end of it, she didn’t want to leave. You get a real hands on experience using a rudis to begin with. At the end you get to fight with the trainer using real iron swords and shields. I’d also like to mention that most tours or interactions Italians use “Italian time”. The trainer was there early and interactive. This professionalism was very much appreciated. Highly recommend!
Definitely worth the money
, Sep 2020
We had an absolutely fantastic afternoon at Gladiator school. My 9 year old and 6 year olds both said it was the absolute best day of their lives and would have loved to go again and again. Myself and husband also had an opportunity to get involved and both had great fun too. The guidance, history of gladiators in the museum was very interesting and we all learnt a lot. I would definitely recommend Gladiator school to anyone who has an interest in this area!
Great fun
, Aug 2020
It was great. Our grandchildren enjoyed it. Would recommend it if you want to try something a little different.
Great Experience
, Jul 2020
Our boys, ages 9 and 11, loved this program. The instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Included a good educational component at the beginning. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but the location is somewhat shaded and the school provided ample cold water. Highly recommend!
Great knowledge and very patient teacher
, Jul 2020
Marcus was a great teacher who was very patient as we tried to master the Gladiator swordsmanship. He added humour and the whole experience was great fun

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