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

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 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.

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Customer Reviews

Jay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Incredible experience!

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Gladiator school was a really fun and educational experience! We made the mistake of walking from the Roman Forum along the Appian Way to the School - we would recommend taking a taxi!.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Paolo is a true teacher - stepped out of the Roman times to the present! My teenage sons were treated to this tour and they loved every moment. A once in a lifetime experience that they will remember always. Elizabeth A.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Kids loved it.

Jackie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great time learning how to become gladiators! Titus, our instructor, was very humorous while sharing his knowledgeable about the history of the Roman gladiators. He was also skilled at teaching us the fighting techniques of a gladiator. Super memorable and fun! I highly recommend putting the Roman Gladiator School on your list to things to do in Rome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an amazing experience for our whole family. The instructors were awesome, they kept my 8 year fully entertained. We will definitely recommend this to our family and friends.

Holly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is WAY better than the cheesy tourist trap I might have expected! I took my two boys ages 10 and 12 but had to sign up myself too so the shy one would agree to do it. He proceeded to kick my butt in the final battle with his enthusiastic sword training! Both boys left with huge smiles on their faces. I strongly suspect Marco, the instructor, participates in Roman re-enactment similar to the Civil War re-enactments in the U.S. His sense of history, detailed knowledge of strategy, and life as a gladiator were spell binding. Both kids paid full attention and one has ADD. My 70 year old Uncle who is into military history of all sorts would have loved this too. I am not into military history particularly and I could have listened much longer! The first 45-60 minutes is at the museum and each kid got to wear a helmet briefly. Marco is good with kids, making it educational and extremely fun at the same time. His English is beautiful and very easy to understand. The second half of our time was outside training and fighting which was also well received, although my less athletic kid just wanted to whap his brother without the training which involves a bit of running around. I highly recommend this adventure for the accurate history lesson, the great instruction, and the pure fun. Oh, and fantastic photo opportunities! Days later my boys are still talking about it which doesnt often happen. And they dont try to sell you a bunch of junk in a gift store afterwards either, which made my day. Do allow plenty of time to find both a taxi AND the location. We were 20 minutes late thinking we could get a taxi easily and it was less than 2 miles away. 30 minutes was not enough time. There are small signs on the outside wall but you have to look carefully to find them. Then go to the very end of the long dirt driveway our taxi driver wasnt thrilled as it is quite bumpy with deep ruts. We visited in December and it was cold enough for ice on the ground and neither the museum nor training area has heat in true gladiator style, so dress warmly. But go, it is well worth it. My only regret Is not having more time to listen to Marco as he is passionate and has incredible expertise. But he knew just the limit of my childrens attention span so it was perfect. We would do this again in a heartbeat. Even Mom.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

My children aged 11 and 14 both loved this experience! As an adult I quite enjoyed the experience too - a good way to warm up on a cold winter day. It’s a bit out of the way so definitely recommend catching a taxi. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and very accommodating. We would do it again!

Rebecca K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The cold notwithstanding, our kids had an amazing time at gladiator school. Our daughter can be a bit timid, but th instruction was such that she she joined right in!

We highl, highly recommend the gladiator school,

Mark G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a great time. Emmanuel was very knowledgeable and made it such an enjoyable experience.

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