• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 65.39 View price calendar

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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 September 2018

Lots of fun for the kids its not really for adults, and the instructor was great with them. The accompanying small museum they have helps put it all in context

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Wonderful experience! Highly recommended for all ages and sexes.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Fun experience if you are looking for something different to do in Rome other than the main tourist attractions!

Amalia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My son had the best time, he is 15 now and still remember :

Harry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had a great time. My two pre-teen boys and I took the class and had a lot of fun. This was the perfect thing for the kids in between site seeing and museums. The first part of the school was very informative and then the interactive part was fun and informative as well. It is a little pricey but worth in in the end.

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

A history lesson and a great work out all in one! We learned about the history of gladiators in ancient Rome, got to see and handle the weapons and armor, and then spent an hour training like real gladiators including sparring with wooden gladius swords. Overall a lot of fun!

One FYI - if you are in central Rome you'll need to take a taxi to the school, and the school will call a taxi to take you back to Rome.

Monique S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Great fun, interesting experience. Maybe don't got on a hot day though.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

My husband and I did this activity while on our honeymoon in Rome! It was so much fun and we learned so much history about the gladiators that I had no idea previously. There was some physical exercise involved which turned out to be a pleasant surprise and learning how to fight like a gladiator was really fun. I would recommend everybody do this activity.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I must recommend this school to anyone young and old who wants to learn about gladiator history and fighting choreography. Yuri is the very soul of this operation and he is TOP NOTCH. Yuri's passion and knowledge really made this experience special. I gifted this to my 40 year old husband and he really enjoyed it! Please realize two things... this school is off the beaten path but it's literally ON THE APPIAN WAY... so it's a beautiful and historic area about 15 minutes cab ride from the historic area we were in Piazza Navona. Also, this is a legitimate workout... Yuri insisted in a fun way that my husband give it his all... so dress appropriately for the weather... May was very warm! What really sets this school apart is the hands-on museum where you can try on different helmets and actually pick up the weapons. You really realize how hard it was to fight in some of these garments! I want to give a special thanks again to Yuri - keep up the passion and dedication and keep inspiring others to learn more about this amazing part of Roman history.

Maliza J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent experience with my husband and two teenage daughters. Interactive, physical, informative and fun! Would do again!

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