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!
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!
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 :
My fourteen year old son and his father did this and loved it! Our guide and trainer, Jacamo, was fantastic! He had a thorough knowledge of Roman history and gladiator and military techniques. He shared these with grace, enthusiasm and humor. It ended up being quite a workout! Highly recommended!
This is so much fun. My son and I both took part and really enjoyed it. It is more for kids but I was happy to be a big kid for a few hours! The staff there are very informative and passionate and really get you involved. One of my favourite tours on our trip!
This was the PERFECT thing to do with my two teens after visiting all those museums! My son 16 and daughter 12 loved this activity and it brought a whole new understanding to our visit to Rome. Emanuel was our amazing teacher. In addition to teaching the kids about Gladiators, he gave us an amazing and relevant 2 hour self defense course. WOW is all I can say!
Annabelle P United States of ...
This was a great activity for my family of 2 teenager daughters 18 and 16 and son 8 years old. What a fun way to bond! Would highly recommend this activity! Be ready to be a gladiator!
Absolutely awesome. The boys have rated this a highlight of their holiday. It was so informative and fun that everyone had a great time. The children wanted to go back the next day! My husband also participated and had a good day but was the only adult in the group besides those of us spectators who had an equally great time.
My wife son and I all participated in the Gladiator training and thorooughly enjoyed it! It was an event highly recommended to us by friends and family and we were certainly rewarded for heeding their advice. Definitely suggest attending.
Great tour. Amacing views and our driver Antonio was excellent. Grazie Antonio!
Excellent time. Our instructor was very knowledgeable, and made the experience feel authentic.
Kids had a great time. Tip: buses 218 from San giovanni and 118 from colosseum stop 5 metres from entrance.
Absolutely wonderful. The instructor was a huge hit! We had 3 children, 2 aged 9 and one 12 year old.
Would recommend this to everyone.
The class was children and adults.
Learned a great deal and children had an excellent time.
My husband and I did this tour and loved it. In addition to having a buff bod, the instructor was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of Roman history.
This was a fantastic thing to do with my son! He is 11 years old and it has changed the way that he is seeing the monuments around Rome. They have come alive for him following this activity! It is perfect for about 5 years old and up. There were some younger kids doing the activity when we did and they just can't keep up. All the other kids and adults had a blast!
I had 3 boys ages 13 and twins 11. This was just the most fun and highly educationally at the same time. I highly recommend it
Request Emanuele! The afternoon we spent at the school was definitely a highlight of our family vacation. My husband and I enjoyed it as much as my 12 and 15 year old children!
Fantastic experience with a genuine instructor who could have been from the Roman days. Full of fun, great humour, interesting stories and action in the ring. Great for kids of all ages.
One of the highlights of the trip. Took our 11 year old. They spent the first hour in the museum learning about gladiators, history, weapons and more. Then the remaining time was spent in training with the finale being to practice against one of the other kids in a ring. Even got to set up a 1:1 fight between father and son. He loved it. The two who conducted the training were just amazing, helpful and kind.
This was the best experience for my 15 year old during a 7 country visit. He loved it!!!! It is hard to find and not next to the colosseum, but the area has a lot to do, go early morning time and spend the day. There is a tourist information location, rent bikes do the catacombs.
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