The Borghese gardens are a vital part of Rome, a cool, green space in the frenetic city. Some of the gardens are laid out formally, but most of the large park is grass where you can wander along the paths, sit on the benches and take in the relative cool.
In the centre of the park is a pond where intrepid souls can hire boats and sit in the blazing sun for half an hour.
Around the northern side of the pond is an enclave that has been taken over by turtles. I saw one and was amazed.
Then I saw another. And another.
There are lots of them, sunbathing their hearts out and swimming gallantly around the muddy edge of their watery home.
When in Rome be sure to pay them a visit.