• Head to gladiator school in Rome

    2010-07-22

    Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither were it's most famous gladiators. But even though those who enroll in the GSR Gladiator School's two-hour class on gladiatorial combat won't suddenly find themselves worthy of doing battle in the Colosseum, they will have tons of fun while gaining some insight into these ancient warriors.

    According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the course is designed as a relaxing entry point for tourists into the world of ancient Roman war games. Although the course isn't entirely serious, it is affordable, a unique experience in Europe travel, and best of all, just plain fun.

    "I'm going to dress you up in silly costumes, give you weapons and allow you to beat the nonsense out of each other," instructor Alex Mariotti told the news source.

    The course is completely safe- the weapons he's talking about are actually foam bats. But Mariotti does allow his students to learn about real-life armor and armaments. The course culminates in a mini "tournament," with the best student going home with bragging rights.

    Those who want to learn more about gladiators can then head over to the Colosseum. In addition to the grandeur of the ancient arena, the site currently has an exhibition where visitors can catch a glimpse of some the equipment that the gladiators used.

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