- 1 Gladiator Training in Rome for Kids and Families
- 2 But what about Rome with kids?
- 3 History in bite-size chunks
- 4 Rome the Gnome’s Insider’s Guide to the Gladiator Training in Rome
- 5 The Inside Scoop
- 6 Travel Options:
- 7 Roam the Gnome’s Toadstool Rating Guide- as voted by the kids!
- 8 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in Rome?
Gladiator Training in Rome for Kids and Families
Rome, lovely Rome. How I heart you, you divine juxtaposition of old and new, culture and religion, gelato and pizza. It’s a WOW spot of historical significance and impressiveness- the Colosseum, the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain… everyone needs to go at least once in their lives. Rome totally walkable and getting from place to place is easy so long as you keep an eye on the street names and a local map. (Just mind the traffic!)
And if you forget or lose the map, your inner GPS will probably kick in to help you. It’s just not possible to get completely ‘lost’ – just follow your nose and you’ll find your way soon enough if you watch out for famous landmarks. But our top tip for travelling in Rome – find things that can help you go a little deeper with your understanding about this magnificent place. Take tours. Book experiences. Join activities. Lock in a Gladiator Training Session. We guarantee you’ll love it as much as we did!
But what about Rome with kids?
History in bite-size chunks
While we were often warned, “There’s not much for kids in Rome”, we found plenty of fun adventures. When you are in the know, there IS a lot of stuff to do in Rome for kids and families, and the best bit is that most of these places are JUST outside the main city centre, right on the cusp, but still well within walking distance (so long as you have a stroller.)
The biggest challenge is condensing the historical facts of Italy’s capital into kid-friendly conversations and stories. Let’s face it, Roman history is GORY. (Actually, 7 year old boys LOVE that!) And it’s often not that easy to break down the historical facts when you are not 100% sure of them yourself!
So finding THIS experience, the Gladiator Training in Rome, was the number one highlight of our Rome visit.
Ned, Jack and I were treated to a hands-on interactive storytelling session, complete with a mini history lesson in the Roman Historical Museum located on site. We tried on Roman Gladiator Armour and held a Roman Gladiator Shield. I now know that getting dressed up and playing the part of a real life person is THE BEST way to help a child make connections between the places he’s been visiting (eg Colosseum) and what happened there thousands of years ago.
We played Ancient Rome Games, and Gladiator Fighting Games in the lifelike Gladiator Arena. We engaged in Gladitorial combat – watch the video to see how we managed with that! If you are looking for things to do in Rome with kids over 5 years old, we highly recommend this.
Rome the Gnome’s Insider’s Guide to the Gladiator Training in Rome
Take a sneaky peek into the world of the Gladiator below…. Apologies for the LONG video… it was one of my first proper goes and I was having FUN! (PS: read on below for details of how YOU and your kids can enjoy this adventure too!)
The Inside Scoop
Gladiator Training must be booked through Viator Tours. The tour includes a drink, the two-hour class and lesson, hire of gladiator clothing and weaponry, and a choice of lesson times during the day. You’ll also be given the opportunity to visit the Historical Museum and view artefacts and delve deeper into Roman life. Entrance fee to the museum is included.
FYI: I tried to book and pay for this independently – not through Viator – as only Ned could participate. Jack was too young, and as we didn’t have another adult travelling with us, I had to supervise Jack and couldn’t join in. But the Viator Tour for ONE person was $195 Australian dollars! (About $150 US).
I asked my AirBnB host if he might call the Gladiator school on my behalf to enquire about booking over the phone or just rocking up in person to pay at the door, as my ability to speak Italian is non-existent. He was told that the only way to participate was to book and pay for tickets in advance through Viator tours.
Through Viator, a single ticket is outrageous but this price does reduce significantly the bigger your group. Two people in your group will each pay $130 each. If there are four in your group, tickets start from $AUD80.75 per person. Definitely pays to find some friends! (Anyone know of a facebook group or website where you can find other singles to do this? The single supplement for travel always makes me a bit cross.)
Super luckily for us, we were the only booking for THIS particular time slot so it meant we had a personalised session and Pierro was kind enough (and tolerant of Jack cruising about the place) to let me join at times in to help Ned!
Would we go again? Yes. Without a doubt. Best money ever spent on a ‘tour’ and worth every (expensive) cent.
Book your Gladiator Training Viator Tour here
- Phone:1 (702) 648-5873
Location and Map:
Via Appia Antica 18-00179 Rome
By Taxi or Uber
- The Gladiator School is about a 15 minute taxi ride from the Colosseum down a maze of dusty streets. Be sure to give your driver firm directions and carry a map with you to avoid a long-distance run-around.
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