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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Roma, Italy

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Appia Antica, 18
    Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

    Departure Point: Lessons commence at the Gladiator School of Rome, located approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from The Colosseum Address: Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179, Rome, Italy Directions: Either take Metro (line B) and get off at OSTIENSE and take the bus number 118 OR take Metro (line A), get off at stop SAN GIOVANNI and then take bus number 218. However in the spirit of easy access - we suggest taking a taxi (approx. 10-15 euros) to access the school Dates: Daily Opening hours 9:30am - 1:30pm 2:00pm - 6:00pm Return point: Concludes at the Gladiator School of Rome

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

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Traveler Tips

Just be aware that the school is held at a site not close to the coliseum, and you will need a cab there and back.
If you’re traveling Italy with kids, this is a must.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough - it's definitely worth it!
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Amazing educational and entertainment activity for the whole family
Tamar_K, Apr 2022
This was such an amazing experience for the whole family! Kids had a blast - loved every moment of it! We heard so many interesting facts about gladiators, learned how to fight, and most importantly, loved the instructor - such a great humor! Must-do, especially if you are in Rome with kids.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Activity
Barry_M, Aug 2022
My kids and I had such a great time at the Gladiator school. We learned about gladiators , Roman soldiers, their weapons and fighting techniques. My boys are 10 and 7 and the lessons were fun and geared to their age range. After that we were trained in gladiator fighting techniques and had a gladiator battle with the new skills we learned. Our instructor did a great job and made the day fun and memorable. This might be my kids favorite part of our visit to Rome, they can’t stop talking about it. My 7 year old son made us leave and buy a toy gladiator helmet and wore it the rest of our trip. . I would highly recommend this activity.
Gladiator Fun
Keri_W, Aug 2022
We had the best time at the Gladiator School. Our four kids (ages 4-11) all loved it. it was a fabulous break from the art and museum tours we had been doing and let them burn off energy, get their wiggles and angst out, and learn a ton. Highly recommend to anyone with kids. So much fun!
Jette_S, Aug 2022
This gladiator school was the best part of our Rome trip for the family. We had so much fun and learned so much.
A Must Do With Kids
Geoffrey_K, Aug 2022
We found this to be a very fun activity for our kids. A great way to make history fun for them and a nice break from the seriousness of the monuments, churches and museums. I highly recommend for families travelling in Rome.
Worth every penny
Vijay_V, Aug 2022
It was a superb experience and one of the most memorable part of our trip to Rome. Please note this is not at the colosseum but if you had to chose better the colosseum and this, I would recommend going for this one. They share a bit of history about gladiators give you a short training session, answer question’s patiently, engage the young kids well. A must do if you have kids.
Great experience
James_B, Jul 2022
I think this was the kids’ favorite/most memorable part of our trip to Rome. They loved the hands on aspect and participating with other kids and family members.
Fun and exciting
Zuleida_L, Jul 2022
It truly was a great experience! For a few hours we felt like gladiators! My son says it’s his favorite part of Rome. Kids are learning while having fun! Would definitely recommend for all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Become a Roman Gladiator!
Emily_C, Jul 2022
This may be one of the highlights of our 9 year olds’ trip to Italy. The first hour is history about the gladiators and Rome, and the second hour is practice and then combat. The session was fun and definitely a workout. We had a fantastic instructor. Highly recommended! Bring bug spray though!
Amazing Experience
Julissa_V, Jun 2022
I took my son for his 11th birthday and we were blown away! His instructor encouraged all the students and made it fun for everyone. Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a memorable experience in Rome.
Participation tour for kids in Rome
Dawn_S, Jun 2022
My boys (10 and 12) thought this experience was ‘amazing’. They liked being shown how gladiators trained, and of course loved the training, first with wooden swords, then with shields and swords together. Our kids are competitive soccer players, so are focused, and well, competitive, so they took it seriously and learned all they could. They loved when the gladiator instructor watched them and awarded ‘points’ for their sparring sessions. For them, it made the next days Coliseum tour more relevant and interesting. One of the highlights of Rome for our kiddos.
Awesome, do it!
Janel_P, Jun 2022
We had so much fun and was a great activity along with learning about Roman Gladiators and their way of war. My six year old son loved it! My husband and I loved it, this was the highlight of our trip. Very very hands on and much fun! Super close to Rome and they will call a taxi to get you back to the city center or wherever you need to go.
We who are about to have fun salute you!
Thomas_P, May 2022
This was awesome! We did this as a family, that is, a 12-year-old boy, his mom, and his dad. Nico was our gladiator trainer. He was fabulous!! Great with kids, put on a great show, made the experience fun (and educational), and afterwards arranged a cab for us to get home. It could not have been more fun! It is definitely meant for kids but I’m a big kid at heart and I had a ton of fun doing it with Peter. If you are going to the Colosseum with kids, do this first!!!!
Hands on family gladiator fun!
Katie_G, May 2022
Great fun. Lots of hands on learning for the kids and we were all put through our paces in the arena! So much to see and so many helmets and weapons to hold. Our gladiator was really informed and answered every question put his way! We weren't as confident as answering his questions but we tried our best. Only watch out would be insects... The school is in a very green and shady area and we are all covered with bites today. Bring insect repellent and suncream!
Happy Gladiatrix
Hope_S, May 2022
A ton of fun, brought my 11 year old daughter who loves Ancient Rome and she had a blast going from barbarian to training to a death match. Highly recommend the experience!
Brilliant for families!
natalie_p, Apr 2022
We had a fantastic time as a family of 4 at the gladiator school of Rome. Fantastic instructor and the kids loved every minute. The museum is really interesting and being able to touch and try on things really brought the experience to life for our kids. Especially our eldest who has been learning about ancient Rome.
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Gladiator School
James_R, Apr 2022
Brilliant experience, learned lots about gladiators in Rome and had great fun! A great whole family activity- staff v kind with children.
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Excellent, unique and hands on
Nishtha_K, Apr 2022
Highly highly recommend this gem of a place. I went with my 2 boys, 12 and 7 and we all had an absolute blast. Irrespective of age, this is an activity slightly hidden, amongst the giant other historical buildings and locations in Rome, modestly located but absolutely unique and hands on. Max, our instructor was super informative, engaging and kept it fun throughout the two hours. There wasn't a moment of dullness. It sounds expensive but it is worth every penny spent.
Absolute Must
Louisa_P, Apr 2022
My boys 8 and 10 LOVED this!!! Dad enjoyed it too. Nice amount of history/info, trying on helmets, training and final tournament. The teacher was great and it was really entertaining to watch. It is handy to the Train to Leonardo airport so makes a good last stop (Eatly is right by the train station too!) Was the highlight of the kids much anticipated trip to Rome!
Colosseum Gladiator - AWESOME
Kennedy_J, Apr 2022
Two boys (7) (9) & myself (f,25) all had a lot of fun training and learning to be a gladiator. Trying on the helmets in the museum was so fun. Great for the boys to visit colosseum next day & have a deeper understanding of being a gladiator


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