We moved into our current apartment last May. We had it completely restructured - originally it was a bi-family villa built during the facist era but now our side is now divided into three apartments, one of each floor, and we have the middle level which, being on a hillside, is on the street level but drops down on the other side.
We live on a street just outside the historical center (our previous two apartments where in the centro) and now we have a nice combination of fresh air and being close enough to the piazza (a twenty minute walk or a five minute bike ride). Though I complain a lot about having to push Ray up the steep hill, the payoff is a nice view and less flabby thighs. Also, there is a lovely hillside orchard at the dead end of the street (the first two photos), where we get some nice views and Ray can get some exercise.
This is the only photo I could find of the living room - with my American friends who are all married to Italians (originally from California, Idaho and Washington DC).
The views from the apartment include a distant chuch that the sun rises behind...