• 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was such a great experience. My boys were tired of crowds and the lectures of tours and museums. This gave them the ultimate experience where they could be gladiators in training. The museum of artifacts gave them a sense of history while allowing them to tactically experience the past. Our gladiator teacher was engaging and knew just what to do to keep them moving and energized. The workout was challenging and invigorating and fun. They learned a lot and really enjoyed themselves. And the newly names Scorpious and Maximus have earned their names and tell every one at school what a great experience they had.

Dr. Robin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was delightful fun for the whole family! Not at all a disaster as our tour guide would say! BIG FUN - HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Kathryn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

WOW! This was an incredible experience for my two teens. We were very fortunate that they were the only two in the class, so the instructor was able to work with them more personally and I think they probably got to do a lot more than in a class with mixed ages of younger/older kids. The museum was very cool, the kids enjoyed trying on the different helmets and holding the different types of swords/spears. Our instructor was very informative and had great English, despite his saying his English was bad. He was really great. And he was very patient, kind, encouraging and upbeat throughout the class. My son and daughter loved learning different punches, different techniques with the wooden sword, double swords and sword and shield and even got to use metal swords, did spear throwing and learned spear fighting techniques, and even combined with another small class to do the turtle with shields and swords. They fought each other in the ring, and then fought me ugh! I was only there to watch, so they beat me soundly!. It is a little off the beaten track and down a dirt driveway--we took an uber to and from there from the closest metro station, and both had trouble finding it. I had called the day before to confirm, as they said in our instructions. It was a good thing, because when we finished the class and the kids got their certificates, our instructor showed me that I had chosen the wrong date--for a complete month before! They were super kind to still accommodate us. I had no idea I had screwed that up, and this activity was the highlight of our entire trip to Italy Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Venice. Of all the things we did and saw, both of my kids ages 20 and 16 stated that The Roman Gladiator School was their favorite memory. If you have video game lovers, history lovers, or very physical kids, this is a don't miss activity for when you are in Rome.

Julie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My 8 YO son loved-loved-loved this! Both boys and girls between the ages of 5ish to 16ish were there, and the school leader did a fabulous job of making sure everyone had a wonderful time. HIGHLY recommend!

herman a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Fitted beautifully in our kids' first Rome experience. They we all loved it!! Wonderfully done by the Gladiator teacher - Friday, 30 March - 7pm! Much love and happiness for his baby daughter and family!

Vicky M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Kids loved it

Molly V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fun afternoon, the guides were very knowledgeable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The kids really enjoyed, although they make it fun for adults as well there was a bachelor party just before us and they seemed to have a blast. First, we left from the Colosseum, a 25-minute walk. When we got there, we had trouble finding the place. The address number is there with a couple of small signs indicating the Gladiator School but you look around and there is nothing looking like a Gladiator School. There is a dirt road back allay you have to walk down and the school is at the end again, you do not realize it until you get there. I must be honest, my wife was looking at me with that look only a wife can give. Be re-assured, she was glad we had signed up for it. All that to say, do not let the surrounding scare you away. Second, before Gladiator training, they have a small museum in which they introduce everyone to basic weapons and armories used in combat and in the arena. Then they start training. After the customary physical conditioning and warmup, kids went through 6 different offensive moves and 6 defensive moves after which they engaged into battles. They typically had siblings vs siblings, or kids vs dads. There were 2 instructors and both were doing a good job of engaging the kids and the crowd. The place is not grandiose but provides kids and kids-at-heart a good release after so much walking, watching, and listening.

Yulie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was one of the highlights of our Italy trip! My kids LOVED it!!!

Emily R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Worth every cent. A mix of interesting history, fighting moves and humour throughout. Highly recommended. We will never think of garlic or gladiolas the same way again.

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