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.
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