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“Gladiator School in Rome”

Gruppo Storico Romano
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Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator
Ranked #11 of 107 Concerts & Shows in Rome
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San Francisco, California
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“Gladiator School in Rome”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

I signed my two boys (9 and 12) and myself up for Gladiator School during one of our mornings in Rome. My kids described the experience as "epic" and "awesome", and I found it to be really fascinating. Our guide was Paolo, who was a compelling teacher of history as well as a good "sensei" in the basics of the gladiator arts.

Paolo was recently promoted to the title of "Senator" in the annual historical re-enactment and parade the the GSR puts on... his knowledge of ancient Rome was extremely deep and broad. (I tend to ask lots of questions at these kinds of things.) Paolo is the type of guy I'd love to share a few bottles of wine with while talking about how the ancient Romans came up with the original plan to reduce the number of captured soldier/slaves by using them as gladiators for spectacle.

Really fascinating experience. Not cheap, but money well spent.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Geoff H
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“Fun and excellent value for all ages and genders”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had a lot of fun and laughter participating as a couple in this activity! We especially want to extend our thanks to Paulo whose passion and knowledge around anything Rome and gladiator related made it an experience we will never forget.

Visited October 2013
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“Fantastic - just book it!”
Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

We have been to Rome several times before so needed to do something different with the kids other than the usual sightseeing.
This was fantastic. Incredibly passionate, knowledgable and personable gladiator trainer called Hermes, set the tone for an unforgettable afternoon. Kids loved learning about the history of gladiators (including trying on various costumes) and then relished the active training followed by a variety of gladiator battles. Trainer pitched it incredibly well given the variety of ages in our group (6-45). Recommend a taxi there and they will book a taxi back on request at the end. Adults had as much fun as the kids, who loved being called slaves and being given a new gladiator name at the conclusion with a certificate. Hermes is also the name of the excellent resident dog who is incredibly docile and fantastic with kids who are usually wary of dogs.

Visited September 2013
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“Great fun for children and teens”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

In planning our trip to Rome with my two teenagers, I was looking for things more fun and interactive than just visiting the usual sites (churches, museums and ruins, which every teenager does not really love). This was an excellent choice. They have a small exhibit (only a room, actually) of things related to the roman gladiators (going from model batle armaments to helmets, armor and weapons, to coins and common objects used in the times of the Roman empire). They give you a "tour" of the room, explaining everything with a lot of interesting details, and the kids (and us) got to dress up as soldiers and gladiators. After that, there was a class on basic fight with wooden swords, and at the end some fun "battles". All in all, a really fun and also interesting and informative program for all ages. I believe I enjoyed it as much as my children, and certainly recommend it for families!

Visited July 2013
4 Thank Diana M
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“Best thing we did all holiday!”
Reviewed 21 July 2013

Just took our two boys (9 and 6) to gladiator school. We had a really memorable afternoon and learnt a lot in the process. No, it's not cheap and yes you really do need to take a cab to find it, but we would recommend it without hesitation. The two hosts were so engaged with the subject, so hospitable and welcoming, and fantastic with the kids. Our youngest was probably right at the lower age limit, but our gladiator coach kept him very happily involved and the grin never came off his face. Our older boy - who has been studying the Romans at scool - pronounced it "totally epic". It was relaxed, non theme-parky and a great break in pace from pounding the pavements of Rome.

Visited July 2013
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