Rome for Kids & Families

Gladiator School

Max out your inner Maximus by enrolling in Gladiator School.

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Why Choose it?

  • Master the art of gladiatorial combat in a hands-on session.
  • Immerse yourself in history at the Gladiator School Museum.
  • Double up by combining with another ancient history experience.

Tour description

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to  step out onto the sands of the arena and fight for fame and fortune? Have you ever wanted to walk in the shoes of one of the Colosseum's gladiators; to be the envy of spectators from senators to plebeians? Now, thanks to our Gladiator School experience, you can. 

Come and master the techniques for surviving the ferocious attacks in the arena under the instruction of a master lanista (Latin for gladiator trainer). At the end of this fun-filled, energizing two-hour experience, you'll receive a certificate of achievement. Which with the state of the current jobs-market might get you further than you think. 

Gladiator School experience perfect for kids and big kids alike. 

This Gladiator school experience is the perfect activity for families and friends of all ages that want to bond in the true meaning of brotherhood and forge friendships to last a lifetime. Each training session lasts two hours and includes an introduction to the Roman history with a visit to the Gladiator Museum, led by a member of the Historic Group of Rome.

After learning the history, gladiators-in-training take part in a hands-on training session, learning the essential martial techniques of sword-fighting and hand-to-hand combat for survival and honor in the midst of the arena. You'll get the chance to spar with your partner using the same gladii (wooden swords) that the ancients used. 

Anyone who doesn't want to take part in the more physical side of things can look down on the the combatting participants from the viewing platform. Alternatively, they can spend their time uncovering the fascinating history behind the ancient combatants and different gladiatorial styles in the fun and informative Gladiator School museum.

What better way to immerse yourself in the violent history of the Roman Empire than by taking part in a hands-on Gladiator School experience. At the end of the session, all those who have participated will be rewarded with a certificate of achievement that you will be able to keep as a lasting souvenir of your time as a combatant.

Combine your Gladiator School experience with another ancient itinerary.

Our Ancient Rome with Colosseum tour takes you on a journey through the ancient sites. We'll visit the Colosseum, the world's most famous gladiatorial arena, before making your way over to the Roman Forum, where Cicero, Caesar, and Catiline plotted against each other in an equally violent if not far more insidious way. 

- Our Appian Way with Catacombs tour offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the nearby area of the Appian Way. Discover the tombs and monuments of the ancients and descend into the dark, atmospheric catacombs to put the mortal touch to your immortal experience. 


Private lesson in the Gladiator School
One way transfer from the hotel to the Gladiator School


  • Gladiator School
  • Colosseum (optional)
  • One Catacomb (optional)

Kids friendly:

This tour is kids friendly, your children are welcome

Wheelchair accessible:


excellent guides

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!

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