If you think gladiators only existed in ancient Rome and the movies, think again! A luxurious Italian resort is offering guests a fighting chance at becoming contenders. It’s a unique exercise program that’s being referred to as a ‘grueling test of endurance’ and has reportedly been enjoyed by the likes of George Clooney, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, and Shakira.

At The Rome Cavalieri's Gladiator Training Program, participants learn gladiator techniques like sword fighting while wearing tunics (and yes, those sandals) and using authentic weaponry! Here’s an inside look into this modern day take on an ancient pastime.

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