The first place we intended to go to was Ostia antica, but events conspired against that, so we headed north by train to Viterbo, capital of Tuscia, headed for the Hotel Tuscia recommended by Lonely Planet. It's well placed in the centre of the stunningly beautiful medieval part of the town, has good breakfasts, is quiet, friendly and very comfortable. Abiding memories of the whole holiday are of Jasmine flowering freely in hedges, around doorways and in pots, its perfume pervading the air.
Villa Lante is a short bus ride away from Viterbo in Bagnaia, it has a magnificent garden dating back to the late 16th century, and there are many parallels between it and Villa d'Est in Tivoli which I'd like to visit again.
The highly structured gardens are green all year round because the main plants are box hedges and lawns, as a backdrop for the 5 magnificent fountains.
The garden is set on a slope, so more of the garden can be seen as you walk up into it. It starts outside the main garden with the fountain of Pegasus which takes its name from the figure of a winged horse in the centre. There are 4 winged cherubs in the water with it, and Muses on the wall behind spouting water.
Here's a view above that fountain:
On the way down from Villa Lante, a typical gloriously sweet smelling doorway covered in flowering Jasmine