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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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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 re-enactment 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

Shane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My family and I had a great time. It was so informative and so much fun. Would definitely recommend it.

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

the gladiator training is amazing! the best trip in Rome! Gannicus our trainer was fantastic and treated us really well. I recommend the gladiator school highly and recommend Gannicus to train you!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If you have a young son, I recommend this. My son still talks about his training!

Hazel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great time. Perfect activity to learn loads about Ancient Rome without realising its educational. 8 year old daughter loved it. Need to be prepared to throw yourself in, and to have a laugh!

Oh and take the mozzie repellant. We got eaten alive!

Edouard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great experience. Our instructor Piero was wonderful - knowledgeable, funny and entertaining - and both children and parents had fun. Great memories and photos to bring home. Our kids need activity-based learning, and they took more away from these 2 hours than from the Roman ruins we saw earlier in the day! Wholeheartedly recommend. We went for a late afternoon session, which was cooler, but watch out for the mosquitoes.

Filomena C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a fun activity, we took our two grandchildren both 9 years of age, they had the best time and exercise, it was 2 hours of fun, learning history and play how to be a Gladiator, the instructor himself
was fabulous. Thank you much for the experience.

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was great fun and very educational. We were the only 3 people there so was a bit concerned as to whether it was actually going to take place as the place was still locked when we got there, but the instructor was beyond excellent! He opened up, and then gave us a guided tour of their museum, explaining all of the weapons and military strategy.
We then began the training and he made it great fun. My 13 year old loved it - and the husband enjoyed beating him at the fighting!
Well worth it - and the kids will love it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was by far one of my pre-teens' favourite parts of our trip to Rome. Both boys 11 and 13 participated, along with my husband and three others. The museum was very interesting, though I do wish there had been 10 minutes after the organized tour time to take a peek at some of the items NOT highlighted by our guide, Giacomo. The morning was a bit of a workout for them the warmup in particular with its jogging, pushups and obstacle course, but they loved every minute of it, heat wave and all! Sparring at the end was hilarious to watch, as was the battle formation drills. Well worth every cent! We'd even do it again when we go back to Rome. Thanks, Groupo Storico for making this available to us!

Louisa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Needs 10 stars!
Hands down the most fun thing we and #39;ve ever done on a holiday!
The gladiators were amazing, it was extremely educational but in a fun way my kids all had a blast, they are 11 7 and 4 even my daughter enjoyed it and she and #39;s a diva!
I would recommend this experience to anyone going to Rome!

Emilie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip. It was exceptionally fun to learn the fighting techniques, spar with my children using foam swords, and just generally experiencing something different.Rome is an amazing place but is often difficult for the children to relate to the history. This was the perfect anecdote to ruin overload. I have an 8 year old son and a 12 year old daughter and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I especially enjoyed beating my son in the sparing match :

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