An Afternoon at Gladiator School in Rome

If you’re looking for a memorable kid-friendly activity in Rome, Gladiator School is an event your children will never forgot. Nancy has raved about her experience at for years and my 9-year-old Devon was thrilled to finally give it a go over our spring family vacation in Italy.

Gladiator School Rome

Although the swords are fake, the skills learned in class are real. Scantily clad men of yesteryear lead the troops through vigorous training.

Gladiator School Dress Up Rome

The two-hour class begins with a Gladiator history lesson in the Gruppo Storico Romano Museum with artifacts, models, weapons, and costumes from Ancient Rome. Our instructor was extremely entertaining and great with the kids. The session includes an opportunity to try on Gladiator paraphernalia. Giggle-producing for all!

The core class activity is learning to duel. But first, there’s a Gladiator-style warm up. If you are worried the class will not engage your children, watch this video. Non-participation is – literally – not an option.

Gladiator School Maximus

The class ends with certificate and Gladiator name distribution. Meet Maximus!

The Gruppo Storico Romano website has quite a bit going on. It’s easiest to book the two-hour class through Viator. Pricing starts at $72.44 per person. If you have a big group, it may be worth reaching out to Gruppo Storico Romano directly and asking for a special group rate. The minimum age to participate is 6. Given the fight-focused subject matter and complex moves required to participate, I recommend Gladiator School for ages 8 and up.

The class takes place at Via Appia Antica 18, a 15-minute cab ride from the Coliseum. A perfect day pairs a visit to the Coliseum followed by Gladiator School so the context is fresh and exciting.

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Editorial Note: Gruppo Storico Romano provided us with a free session to review the class on Ciao Bambino. As usual, all opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy. Video by the Brown family

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  1. Gladiator school looks like so much fun! I tried to talk my daughters into it when we were in Rome last summer and they were not at all interested.

  2. Oh!!! My nine year old son would LOVE this….now you have me wondering if we can squeeze in a weekend to Rome before leaving Italy this summer. Thanks for sharing this!

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