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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

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    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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    Departure Point
    Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179 Roma RM, Italy
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 6 years
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile

    Our 3 kids (14, 12, and 10) all had fun and laughed a lot during their gladiator training. We learned quite a bit about the differences between Roman soldiers and gladiators, and they had fun being gladiators in training with our very entertaining dottore, "Tiny"....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank aphayre
    Reviewed 25 July 2019 via mobile

    When I went to Rome, I wanted to find something to do that was a physical activity to offset the walking and museum touring. This was a great change of pace, and lots of fun!! We learned both the history of different types of armor...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Maxwell J
    Reviewed 23 July 2019 via mobile

    The rest of us (husband, 12 year old daughter and I) loved it too. Our host was engaging and entertaining. My son loved the training and the subsequent battles he had with family members and other class participants. After a quick tour of the “museum”...More

    Thank lisafL3593YX
    Reviewed 23 July 2019

    me(15) my sister(17) and my dad went along late afternoon, the museum was very interesting and the warm up was athletic. the training itself was fun and although i had to sit out because of a headaches it was very entertaining to watch. gifting in...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank millygibsonn
    Reviewed 22 July 2019

    A very nice idea and our 7yo and 14yo thought it was a decent-enough diversion from the more information-dominated museum tours. The training was more like calisthenics with fake swords. Our sons enjoyed the sparring although it gave them license for a sibling fight that...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    8 August 2019|
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    Response from lisafL3593YX | Reviewed this property |
    It does not. We paid for a taxi. They did have someone willing to drive us back to our hotel for 15E at the end of our activity but I’m not sure that is always available. They can call a cab for you if you need it
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    10 July 2019|
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    Response from MichaelHC954 |
    No. We only purchased a ticket for my son and I was asked to volunteer to help out the instructor along with a few other parents. At one point, my wife was in the arena participating as well. We had a great time and highly... More
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