Learn to be a Gladiator in Rome

Train to become a gladiator at a school in Rome. Ideal for individuals of all ages, this enjoyable 2-hour session will instruct you on combat techniques reminiscent of Ancient Rome. Simultaneously, you'll gain insights into life in the imperial city, Roman weaponry, and more.

126.05 $

Gladiator Training

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Included in the price:

  • Drinks
  • Certificate
  • Gladiator training
  • Museum visit

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Covid-19 precautions: Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.

Duration 2 hours: Check availability to see starting times.

Instructor: English, Italian

Rome: Gladiator School Experience

Train to be a gladiator at a unique school located on the ancient Via Appia Antica in Rome. This 2-hour immersive lesson is suitable for both adults and children, offering a fun-filled experience that combines physical activity with a deep dive into the history of Ancient Rome.

Don the traditional gladiator tunic and engage in swordplay, learning the basic techniques of gladiatorial combat in a safe and controlled environment. The experience includes a fascinating introduction to Roman history, providing insights into the life of gladiators and essential tips on mastering Roman weapons.

Under the guidance of expert instructors fluent in English and Italian, participants have the opportunity to experience the thrill of training as a Roman fighter. The curriculum covers not only the skills of sword fighting but also offers a comprehensive understanding of the gladiator lifestyle.


  • Live like a warrior for 2 hours on the Via Appia Antica
  • Master the art of sword fighting in a safe and enjoyable setting
  • Gain insights into the life of a gladiator in Ancient Rome

This experience is more than just a physical activity; it's a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of gladiators, offering a blend of education and entertainment.

What's Included:

  • Museum visit showcasing gladiator artifacts
  • Interactive gladiator training session
  • Official certificate of participation
  • Refreshing drinks during the experience

Meeting Point: Meet your instructor at the Gladiator School of Rome, conveniently located on the historic Appian Way. Accessible by bus, with the nearest station being Appia Antica-Travicella (lines 118 or 218).

Important Information:

  • Parents or companions accompanying participants need not purchase a ticket unless they join the course.
  • Price: From $126.05 per person

Make your reservation now to secure your spot, and pay nothing today. This experience makes for an excellent gift for those seeking a memorable and educational adventure in the heart of Rome.

Customer Reviews:

With an overall rating of 4.7/5 based on 415 reviews, our Gladiator School experience has received praise for its knowledgeable guides, great value for money, impeccable service, and efficient organization.

Book now and embark on an unforgettable journey into the world of gladiators!

Basics of Sword Fighting, Life of a Gladiator in Ancient Rome

The world of gladiators in Ancient Rome was a brutal and fascinating one, marked by intense training, deadly combat, and the pursuit of glory. Let's delve into the basics of sword fighting and the life of a gladiator in this ancient civilization.

Training and Sword Fighting Techniques

Gladiators underwent rigorous training to hone their combat skills. The gladiatorial schools, known as "ludi," were places where aspiring gladiators learned various weapons, including swords. The training encompassed offensive and defensive maneuvers, agility exercises, and the development of strength and endurance.

Sword fighting techniques varied depending on the type of gladiator and their chosen weapon. For instance, a Retiarius, armed with a trident and net, focused on agility and catching opponents off guard. In contrast, a Murmillo, equipped with a short sword and large shield, emphasized strong defense and powerful strikes.

The Life of a Gladiator

The life of a gladiator was filled with hardships and uncertainties. Many gladiators were slaves or criminals, forced into the arena for the entertainment of the Roman populace. However, some willingly chose the path of a gladiator, seeing it as a means to gain fame and fortune.

Gladiators lived in barracks under strict discipline, and their lives were heavily regulated. They were often treated as property rather than individuals, yet the allure of glory and the chance for freedom motivated them to endure the challenges they faced.

Gladiatorial Games and Arenas

The gladiatorial games were a spectacle that captivated the Roman audience. These events took place in grand arenas like the Colosseum, where thousands gathered to witness gladiators engage in mortal combat. The atmosphere was charged with excitement as the fate of each gladiator hung in the balance.

A variety of gladiatorial contests occurred, ranging from one-on-one duels to massive battles involving numerous fighters. The outcome often rested on the skill, endurance, and luck of the gladiators, making each match a thrilling experience for the spectators.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Were all gladiators slaves?

A: While many gladiators were slaves or criminals, some chose the gladiatorial path willingly, enticed by the promise of fame and fortune.

Q: What weapons did gladiators use?

A: Gladiators used a variety of weapons, such as swords, tridents, nets, and shields. The choice of weapon depended on the type of gladiator.

Q: How were gladiators treated outside the arena?

A: Gladiators lived under strict discipline in barracks. Although their lives were regulated, the chance for glory and potential freedom motivated them to endure the challenges they faced.

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415 reviews

I had high expectations for the £225 spent, but I'm really disappointed. Our guide was nice, but the experience wasn't worth the money.


The activity was canceled at the scheduled time, leaving the children very disappointed. Although the staff advised me to take steps for a refund, they took no action. I do not recommend it.

Claire – France

I envisioned it as an immersive experience, but it turned out differently. Instead of that, there were two small children around 7 years old and their mother. I ended up doing activities geared towards younger participants, like gladiator training.


Considering the amount paid, I didn't find it to be value for money. I expected more for the price. The guide was okay but not particularly engaging for children.


The location was inconvenient to reach; it's neither accessible by Metro nor walkable from the Coliseum. We ended up skipping it altogether. I wish the advertisement had been clearer about its distance from the actual Coliseum. Transportation by taxi or private means is a must.