5 fun things you can do for free in Italy's famous capital

According to 2014 statistics, Rome stands as the 14th most visited city in the world, and the 3rd most visited in the European Union.

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Italian capital, Rome is undoubtedly one of Europe's most famous capitals, boasting a rich history that dates back thousands of years.

The Italian city is home to quite a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Vatican museums and the Colosseum.

It's no surprise then that living in Rome can be a little on the high side. So what affordable activities then can one get up to in this world-famous city?

Here are 5 fun, free things you can do in Rome.

1. Visit ancient sites like the Colosseum, Palatino and Roman Forum which offer free admission on the first Sunday of the month.

2. Catch a glimpse of the Pope at St Peter's Square. A papal audience is usually held on most Wednesday mornings during spring, summer and part of fall. Also, the Pope often gives a public blessing on Sundays at noon for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Visit the flea markets like the Porta Portese, the massive flea market that takes place every Sunday from 6:30am to 2pm.

4. Visit the Trevi fountain and while you're at it, throw a coin into the water with your right hand over your left shoulder. According to legend, if the coin lands in the fountain, you will return to Rome one day.

5. Walk through the streets of Rome. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets of this ancient city and be sure to include sites like the Spanish Steps, the Galleria, the prime minister's residence, the Pantheon and the Temple of Hadrian. With apps like Google Maps, you can worry less about getting too lost but be sure to hold onto your bag tight because of pick pockets.

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