Ludus Magnus
Ludus Magnus
3.5

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The area

Neighborhood: Celio
How to get there
  • Colosseo • 2 min walk
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 2 min walk
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Kgirl00
Hollis, NH2,782 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Right around the corner from the Colosseum is the area that was used to train and house the gladiators. It's free and open and unattended. There's a little bit of information on a sign, written both in Italian and English. Fascinating to see and imagine what life must have been like as a gladiator.
Written June 18, 2017
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Neil Smith
28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Not a great landmark in itself but worth a look as it's next to the Colosseum. A few nice bars to sit outside with a drink whilst overlooking the Colosseum in this area.
Written June 28, 2021
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI747 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
You are probably going to the Colosseum, right? This is right across the street and helps to paint a bit more complete picture of the area, so spend 10-15 minutes here.
Or don’t.
It won’t make or break your Roman Holiday.
Written July 11, 2019
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Cosmopolitan792938
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Very interesting to see. I saw it on Google Earth, while prepping for our trip to Rome. We stopped on our way walking from Basilica San Giovanni en Laterano, to the Colosseum. Unfortunately, development ate up more than half of the land. During the tour of the underground of the Colosseum, our guide showed us the closed opening to the tunnel that joins Ludus Magnus with the Colosseum.
Written February 20, 2024
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This Gladiator School is in almost complete ruins. So, in reading a description of the school in Pompeii, there was an open court in the middle. Around this, there was a roofed passage with Gladiator rooms attached. There was a kitchen, hospital, and graveyard. The Gladiator would practice with wooden and blunt weapons and be expected to fight with real weapons 20 times per year. The Gladiator was well fed with plenty of barley and meat and was permitted a tryst once per week. This Gladiator School was very near The Roman Coliseum and must have had tunneling leading to the main arena. It’s too bad not more is still intact.
Written June 21, 2019
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ASarkarM
New Delhi, India277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
This is across the street from the Colosseum. I didn't know about this site, and accidentally found it while I was walking round the neighbourhood (where I stayed in an Airbnb). I wouldn't suggest coming all the way to see this particular site, but since it's right next to the Colosseum who might as well make the short walk.

I actually really liked the bright red flowers that grew all across the ruins. It added a wonderful charm to this place.
Written July 20, 2016
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MattAlexR
Folkestone, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
We found this site quite by accident when exploring close to our hotel. This review is not actually about the Ludus Magnus...but about the small gelato shop opposite it on Via San Giovanni in Laterano.
Really good selection of gelato and really cheap in comparison to other gelato shops in the more touristy areas. Staff speak english and they also sell fresh strawberries as well.
Written July 15, 2016
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy33,048 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
This site was a large gladiator training school, connected by an underground passage to the Colosseum. You can still make out the curve of a training arena, as well as what would have been small rooms used by the gladiators. Worth a quick look if you are in the area.
Written September 13, 2015
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,213 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
The ruins of the Ludus Magnus are across the street from the Coliseum and just outside of our apartment window. The Ludus Magnus was the largest gym for the gladiators of Rome and was built by the emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) in the valley between the Esquilino and the Celio. The visible ruins belong to a second phase of the monument, which is attributed to the emperor Trajan (98-117). The remains of the complex were discovered in 1937. What we saw from street level was enough for us. Time for visit - 10 minutes.
Written December 5, 2014
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Random and awesome
It's easy to imagine the gladiators here before the colosseum. I love the fact that this is just a random patch of ruins on a street corner.
Written January 23, 2022
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