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Gladiator Training
Courtesy of The Rome Cavalieri Hilton's Gladiator Training Program

Gladiator Training
Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf Astoria Collection

Why it's fun: Over this three-hour course, participants learn ancient gladiator combat techniques and history while wearing the traditional costume and brandishing authentic gladiator-era replica wooden and iron weapons. (They're crafted in keeping with historical records but won't hurt you.) The instructors are representatives from the Gruppo Storico Romano, the organization dedicated to the study and reenactment of gladiator culture. You'll wear tunics, Roman sandals, and leather and iron gloves while learning the Gladiator opening mantra: "Ave Cesare! Morituri te salutant." ("Hail Caesar! Those who are about to die salute you.") Afterwards you'll earn a medal and the title of "tiro" (beginner gladiator).

Who goes: CEOs and people who lust for the taste of power.

Great add-on: After this rigorous training, the hotel offers a special four-handed Gladiator Massage at its Grand Spa. Two therapists work in unison while slathering tired muscles with avocado, vanilla, coconut, or almond body oils.

Price: $760 per person, up to eight people

Contact: Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf Astoria Collection


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