I'd appreciate thoughts and views about how safe it is for a lone female traveller to venture into Sicily.
I've read up some websites that caution that Sicily isn't exactly a safe destination for single women travellers on their own. There's talk that it's very unsafe to be out on the streets after dark, threats of rape, theft and other petty crime.
After hearing all sorts of hearsay, I thought I'd post in this forum to get some feedback from people who actually know the place, rather than folks who get their opinions from Hollywood Tall Tales (movies).
Another worry that I'll stick out like a sore thumb and get into more trouble than bargained for is the fact that I'm Chinese, and not European. Will I get more grief than normal, since it's more apparent that I'm the outsider?
Also, I'm particularly worried about petty crime like snatch thieves on motorcycles/scooters. I hear they're rampant, especially in Sicily.
Would appreciate any advice and thoughts. My trip is in 2 weeks, and I haven't booked my accommodations, as I'm having second thoughts, in case I decide to cancel. At least, I'll only forfeit my air ticket, which though painful... will not be as bad as adding the cost of accommodations for 2 weeks onto the bill.