Italian windows are quite different from the ones we are used to in the U.S. They are actually open at all times, weather permitting, and they serve multiple purposes.
Perhaps because of the rather universal lack of air conditioning, windows in Italy are almost always open (fig. 1) to allow aria fresca to enter homes, as well as to allow the lady of the house to hang the freshly washed laundry (fig. 2) out to dry, taking advantage of a sunny day. Having an apartment on an upper floor of a building will allow the homeowners a perfect vantage point to