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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator

Roma, Italy

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
2 hour class to become a Roman Gladiator in a Day
Lessons are instructed by members of the Historic Group of Rome
Gladiator clothing and weapons hire for the duration of your lesson!
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and beverages, unless specified

Departure Point

Via Appia Antica, 18, 00179 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

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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.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Scuola Gladiatori Roma

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator.
What is the maximum group size during Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator.

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Traveler Tips

  • "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." See review
  • "It’s a bit out of the way so definitely recommend catching a taxi." See review


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Definitely worth the money
, Sep 2020
We had an absolutely fantastic afternoon at Gladiator school. My 9 year old and 6 year olds both said it was the absolute best day of their lives and would have loved to go again and again. Myself and husband also had an opportunity to get involved and both had great fun too. The guidance, history of gladiators in the museum was very interesting and we all learnt a lot. I would definitely recommend Gladiator school to anyone who has an interest in this area!
Great fun
, Aug 2020
It was great. Our grandchildren enjoyed it. Would recommend it if you want to try something a little different.
Great Experience
, Jul 2020
Our boys, ages 9 and 11, loved this program. The instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. Included a good educational component at the beginning. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but the location is somewhat shaded and the school provided ample cold water. Highly recommend!
Great knowledge and very patient teacher
, Jul 2020
Marcus was a great teacher who was very patient as we tried to master the Gladiator swordsmanship. He added humour and the whole experience was great fun
Perfect for Rome with kids
, Mar 2020
We had an amazing time with the whole family celebrating my son's 8th anniversary. Recommend for those in Rome with kids
The kids had a blast!
, Feb 2020
Highly recommended!! Definitely do not miss the gladiator school! Our kids 7 and 11 had the best time and can’t stop talking about it!
The highlight of our trip to Rome
, Feb 2020
Booked the experience for my two kids and we all had the greatest fun. First, there was the most interesting and engaging tour of the small gladiator museum where we learnt about the history of gladiators and various interesting details of their life. Then there was the gladiator workshop. I watched while my kids participated in the training. The guide was exceptional! I cannot recommend this place highly enough - it's definitely worth it!
Worth it!
, Feb 2020
This was fun for both adults and kids. Marcus was our guide/instructor. He provided a wonderful history lesson, engaging experience, and a lot of laughter, which all leads to happy memories of a fun time in Italy.
Highlight of Rome
, Feb 2020
Definitely one of the best experiences in Rome to do with kids of all ages, we all had a fantastic time learning how to be gladiators!
Gladiator tours
, Jan 2020
Fantastic and a highlight of my 11 year old. Loved the school and the experience. One child was a bit reluctant, but the group was happy to swap him out with my husband. It was fantastic and really interesting to learn about the training and fighting techniques safely.

Product code: 2466GLAD

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