Get hands on with ancient Roman history in today’s gladiator lessons. Thanks to our experts’ training, time-tested technique and traditional arms, you’ll be on your way to becoming the fiercest fighter in the arena!
The ancient Gladiator Games displayed some of the most feared and fearsome fighting in the Roman Empire. Today, you’ll follow in the gladiators’ footsteps to the training ground of the Gruppo Storico Romano, a team of actors, athletes and ancient history buffs that bring Roman life and gladiatorial combat to life in the city’s many reenactments. The experience begins with a tour of the group’s museum, with fascinating exhibits on the weapons, armor and daily life of ancient Rome’s fighters – you’ll even have a chance to try on the heavy helmets! Then, it’s time to head outside... After mastering the treacherous assault course, with the swinging sandbags and rotating blades made famous in the Gladiator movie, your trainer takes you through the basic moves of hand-to-hand combat. The lesson culminates in a one-on-one battle with armor and wooden swords and an awards ceremony in which each participant receives a certificate – in Latin! – of their achievement. Grātulātiō!
(Tour duration: 2 hours)