1) Sky - may be a GND filter or mask and add some character.
2) The basket being chopped off to the left.
3) May be slightly faster, I like the idea, but for now it seems too slow, I can barely see her.
This alleyway is not much smaller than some of the streets in Italy. Not mucy you can do about the sky except to have shot two images, one for the sky and one for the alley. You could then use layers in PS CS to sandwich the two. You person is a little too blurry to be of much value to the image so perhaps a little bit faster speed.