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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Roma, Italy

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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's Included

  • 2 hour class to become a Roman Gladiator in a Day
  • Lessons are instructed by members of the Historic Group of Rome
  • Drink
  • Gladiator clothing and weapons hire for the duration of your lesson!
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and beverages, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Appia Antica, 18
    Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

    Departure Point: Lessons commence at the Gladiator School of Rome, located approximately 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from The Colosseum Address: Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179, Rome, Italy Directions: Either take Metro (line B) and get off at OSTIENSE and take the bus number 118 OR take Metro (line A), get off at stop SAN GIOVANNI and then take bus number 218. However in the spirit of easy access - we suggest taking a taxi (approx. 10-15 euros) to access the school Dates: Daily Opening hours 9:30am - 1:30pm 2:00pm - 6:00pm Return point: Concludes at the Gladiator School of Rome

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

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Traveler Tips

Just be aware that the school is held at a site not close to the coliseum, and you will need a cab there and back.
If you’re traveling Italy with kids, this is a must.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough - it's definitely worth it!
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Jette_S, Aug 2022
This gladiator school was the best part of our Rome trip for the family. We had so much fun and learned so much.
Gladiator Fun
Keri_W, Aug 2022
We had the best time at the Gladiator School. Our four kids (ages 4-11) all loved it. it was a fabulous break from the art and museum tours we had been doing and let them burn off energy, get their wiggles and angst out, and learn a ton. Highly recommend to anyone with kids. So much fun!
Fun fun fun
Ciara_L, Aug 2022
This experience was the highlight of my holiday! We as a family with both teenagers and a 7 year old are partook in this experience and each one of us thoroughly enjoyed it. It is suitable for all ages, all the family could get involved, it was a unique experience and it was so fun. I highly recommend to all.
A Must Do With Kids
Geoffrey_K, Aug 2022
We found this to be a very fun activity for our kids. A great way to make history fun for them and a nice break from the seriousness of the monuments, churches and museums. I highly recommend for families travelling in Rome.
Cool activity
Nadine_R, Aug 2022
The lessons was also to learn how the gladiators were not only the battle. Very interesting activity and knowledgeable trainer:)
Super fun and such a great experience!
Cora_I, Aug 2022
We had an awesome time! Mirko was so knowledgeable about ancient Roman’s, fighting stances, and made things fun. I like how he made sure everyone in the group was included. A great thing to do with families!
Worth every penny
Vijay_V, Aug 2022
It was a superb experience and one of the most memorable part of our trip to Rome. Please note this is not at the colosseum but if you had to chose better the colosseum and this, I would recommend going for this one. They share a bit of history about gladiators give you a short training session, answer question’s patiently, engage the young kids well. A must do if you have kids.
Great family fun and informative
Alex_M, Aug 2022
Was informative and also great fun- the kids were thrilled having a gladiator battle (and the adults)
The best activity for our kids in Rome so far
Cristina_C, Jul 2022
Flama was the best teacher, she taught our kids so much yet made it so much fun and engaging for them. We all had a great time and I think it was the best way to introduce my kids to the history of the gladiators and Roman spectacles. Recommended 100%!!!! My only regret is that we didn’t have the chance to tip her for her kind and excellent service.
Kids had fun!
Martha_G, Jul 2022
The instructor was very funny and really made it a great experience for the kids to learn some Roman history along with having fun in the arena learning sword fighting moves. Thank you for a fun experience.
Great experience
James_B, Jul 2022
I think this was the kids’ favorite/most memorable part of our trip to Rome. They loved the hands on aspect and participating with other kids and family members.
Great for kids and adults
Laurel_B, Jul 2022
This was definitely a must do experience. After a day of sightseeing, the kids loved this more hands on experience. My 8 year old said it was his favorite. The adults had a blast too. I appreciated the mix of history and activity. I recommend bringing bug spray for the afternoon/evening.
This is a must!!!!
Jamee_G, Jul 2022
In the final battle the "narration" by Titus and his crowd management skills really stood out. He made it so fun
Fun for all Family
Eric_C, Jul 2022
Really perfect setup with outdoor training space, gladiator arena, indoor museum and education displays, as well as water/snacks/cafe. Really well done with outfits for both kids and parents if they want to participate as well. The workers are knowledgeable and patient to teach proper hand to hand and sword to sword combat. I highly recommend for any age kid who likes to play outdoors and use their imagination!
Not to be missed
Michael_G, Jul 2022
Fabulous experience. The children really enjoyed it. Really put what went on in the colosseum into contwxt
Good for kids
Hila_B, Jul 2022
Definitely educational. Very hot, no A/C or places to sit when in the museum for an hour before the outdoor activities. Guide was good. Outdoor area we were eaten up by mosquitoes. Bring repellant. Very hot, but kids enjoyed. Also very out of the way. Snack bar includes only potato chips so eat before you arrive. Uber kept cancelling on us... took us another 30min to find a taxi (through Google) to leave.
Great family fun!!! Tons of hands-on learning!
Julia_M, Jul 2022
This was a great experience!! The school is taught by people with a true passion for gladiators and for ancient Roman history. The class starts with a brief history. In our case there were a fair number of younger kids (5-9 years old). The teacher tailored the class to be age-appropriate to the students and still kept the parents laughing. Then we moved out to the training area. After a quick warm up, we all learned the right moves with our swords, then did some sparring practice. After that, she set us up in various combinations to practice our new skills. It was a ton of fun! My husband, my 8 year old son and I all participated. We all loved it and had a great time!
Fun and exciting
Zuleida_L, Jul 2022
It truly was a great experience! For a few hours we felt like gladiators! My son says it’s his favorite part of Rome. Kids are learning while having fun! Would definitely recommend for all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great way for mid age kids to learn about gladiators
pomikrut, Jul 2022
Fun experience. A bit more exercise than expected but really enjoyed. Very difficult to find however.
Gladiator Training was a hit
Valerie_B, Jul 2022
Fun time watching my kids train to be a Gladiator. It was a nice break from visiting museums and churches and having to be quiet.


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