A transcendental experience into ancient Rome
Situated on the prominent Via Appia Antica, the Gladiator School in Rome has become an emerging trend with family travelers in the past few years. Children naturally have very vivid imaginations but with lack of relatable context, the Colosseum and the Forum may feel as if they’ve stepped into a barren wasteland rather than a precious relic from the magnificent empire (as adults recognize.) This is why the Gladiator School is the best way to spur intrigue and desire to learn out of your young ones! The school offers a refreshing alternative to the repetitive ruins. The school is a half-day event: you and your family will start off in the classroom where you’ll learn not only about the history of the gladiators but also the most fundamental facts about ancient roman society. Then your young ones will be able to try on authentic replicas of gladiator armor. In the museum, you’ll find well-preserved artifacts juxtaposed with colorful gladiator equipment and regalia replicas. The best part comes last, your young ones will learn fighting tactics using pretend swords by real ‘gladiators’ (enthusiastic trainers) . Many children love this part because at the end of the practice they are able to get onto the arena floor and show off their new skills!
Every activity is monitored by the highly-knowledgeable experts who make your child’s safety a priority. The “battles” are harmless fun that will leave a lasting memory and a greater appreciation for the art of gladiatorial combat. The association that organizes the Gladiator School is the Gruppo Storico Romano which is a society of ancient Roman historians. Every year during the ‘Natale di Roma,’ the Birthdate of Rome, the Gruppo Storico Romano does live reenactments of ‘a day in the life of ancient romans.’ From the 21st till the 24th of April, Rome is full of celebrations and parades commemorating their incredible history! If you and your family come to Rome in spring, make sure you visit the forum to admire the ornate costumes and take part in the lively festivities.
There are also reenactments that take place in the school! For more information about when they take place and how to plan your visit, check the Gladiator School’s website.
The Eyes of Rome’s Ancient Rome and Colosseum private tour is the best compliment to the Gladiator School! We suggest stimulating your children's interest by doing the tour in the morning then going to the school in the afternoon. We provide private car transfers to Via Appia Antica from central Rome as well. If you would like more information, please send us an email.
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