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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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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,
We had a great time. Emmanuel was very knowledgeable and made it such an enjoyable experience.
Gladiator School was SO MUCH FUN!!!! Our instructor was very patient, and we gained a new respect for the intense physical training that Gladiators endured. It was interesting to view the different helmets, shields and clothing worn by Gladiators in the museum. I highly recommend this class for young and old alike. You won't be disappointed.
My grandsons thoroughly enjoyed the training. The instructor was very good. Worth the money!
This was a great 2-3 hours. Our instructor really looked like a gladiator! He was fun, engaging and had us all fighting like gladiators in the end. Well worth the family fun. Dad's and Mum's must try it too. 16 year old loved it as much as the 9 year old.
Hands down, the most fun we had in Rome! My 10 year old boys rate this as the favorite part of the trip. it was educational and offered us an opportunity to take a break from sightseeing and have some family fun. My husband and I participated and we were pleased to see other adults join in, even those that did not have children.
This was great fun, the kids loved getting the chance to learn to be real gladiators - and then have battles with each other and us. The trainers were fab, really great fun for both kids and adults.
Our favourite activity. The teacher was fabulous and loads to see and do. Easy taxi ride out of the city but at the back of the colleseum.
Got to be done!
Never would I have thought that this tour class would be so very informative and fun. We learned so much from the instructors....not only about gladiators, but about Italy itself. Great time spent well!!
This was wonderful! So much history and fun all rolled in together! Paolo was fabulous and entertaining and fun! I can’t say enough good about this experience!!
A very engaging experience for both adults and children. We enjoyed the commentary about the life of a gladiator which was informative and entertaining. It was an interesting and interactive experience for participants and spectators. I highly recommend it as suitable for all age groups.
Our two boys at 7 and 9 years had a glorious day as gladiators. Our instructor Paolo interacted well with both kids and adults and shared interesting stories as well as sword techniques. Both of our boys hailed the Gladiator School as the highlight during our 5-day-stay in Rome. The prices are a little bit steep for a 2-hour-activity, especially with the same fee for kids as adults...but asking our boys if it was worth the money the answer is YES:-
So much fun and a highlight for the children. Highly recommend!
I booked this class based on the reviews. It was a surprise for my husband he loves the history. Our teacher was the best even though there were more children than adults I liked his explanation of the history and how he made it a lesson for today with the children regarding self defense and bullying. I got a chance to battle my husband for five short rounds. He beat me. :. We took a cab to the site the driver drops us off at the wrong lot but it was fine because the lot for the school was a quick walk. If you and your loved ones are into the Gladiator history adults and children this is a must.
This was so much fun, we saved it for our last day in Rome and it was a great morning after a week of education. It is fun for all ages to participate in. I did it with my 13 year old daughter. You learn out gladiator life, then you run a gauntlet, then you get to fight. An absolute must do
We all really enjoyed this tour. Mom, Dad, and 14 year old son really enjoyed the museum and talk by Tiny. Tiny involved our 14 year old alot in some MMA moves. Our 8 year old had fun in the gladiator ring and games, however he said he was a little disappointed because the thought he would be taught specific Gladiator moves. Definately a fun thing to do with little boys.
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