Colosseum Gladiators, Rome

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    Posing like a Roman

    by sandysmith Written Jul 8, 2003

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    when in Rome...

    Ok we've all seen them - the guys dressed up as gladiators and roman centurions who just love to take your picture with them - well it is a bit of a rip of - too ashamed to tell how much - but I succumbed!

    Unique Suggestions: Smile and tellyourself you're on holiday and it will be a lasting momento to have!

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    Beware of Gladiators at the Colisseum

    by Frisbeeace Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Dangerours Gladiators

    These guys are dressed as gladiators and seem quite friendly and open to take a picture with you. They hug their victims encouraging their friends to take more and more pictures. Then they tell you that you owe them 2 euros per person at the very least. They will run after you if needed to make you pay. I saw many people falling in their trap.

    By the way, I read this notice recently: "The small legion of sword-swishing actors who pose as gladiators at Rome's Colosseum for tourists will now have to be licensed. Currently anyone dressed as a gladiator can stand outside the Colosseum and pose with tourists for a picture. The unofficial price for a shot ranges from £1.50 to £3, although more than twice that isn't uncommon."

    Unique Suggestions: Negotiate or run fast (they won't catch you in sandals!!!)

    Fun Alternatives: Take a shot from behind. Sshhh!

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    Modern Gladiators

    by anne_h Written Apr 7, 2003

    Guys dressed up like gladiators hang around the Colosseum and ask if you want to have a picture taken with them. Then they want a tip--usually more than you were expecting to pay. The city has passed legislation spelling out how much they're allowed to charge, but since figuring out how to get around the rules is a national sport in Italy, I'd still be careful.

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    by TinKan Updated Mar 17, 2003

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    Hail Dion

    If you want a picture to remember your trip by you can take it with some of the locals dressed up to look like Roman Gladiators.

    The will charge you $10 for the honor of taking their picture. After a few each will ask you for more money.

    Unique Suggestions: Just say you will not pay anymore and walk away.

    Fun Alternatives: Take their picture when they are not looking....haha

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    Gladiators rip you off!

    by syllybabe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I certainly wasn't smiling after I had to pay
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    Wanted to have my picture taken with the Gladiators outside the Colosseo and got ripped off for $20 per picture. I don't know what in the world got into me but seemed like I was in a trance when I gave the guy my money.
    I almost wanted to slit HIS throat with his fake knife! Oh well, lessons learned...

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    The ampitheater is not a...

    by feline01 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The ampitheater is not a tourist trap but those men who stand out in front dressed as Roman gladiators sure are. How cheesy, pay for a photo taken with a genuine fake Roman gladiator! Save your Euros for a nice espresso.

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    At the Colleseum, there are...

    by Angel_Dust Written Aug 24, 2002

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    At the Colleseum, there are people dressed up as Romans (a Gladiator or an Emperor)...and they'll ask you if you want to take pictures with them...beware, they don't tell you that it costs you $$$!! And they charge a rediculous rate 10000 ($ 9 Cdn) Liras per person! But we only gave them 10000 for the three of us! They were so NOT worth 30000! But the pictures that we took did turn out nice...kinda funny =) You should definitely take pictures....just bargin with them first!

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  • Colosseum Dressed up Gladiator

    by TOMe2 Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Never Never take pictures with those bastards, they charge us 30 Euro for each of 3 people. What a expensive lessons!!

    Fun Alternatives: Take is far away from them.

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    by reminio Written Dec 14, 2003

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    Round the Coliseum exist persons dressed with uniforms gladiators that want money in order to they remove photographs.

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