That's interesting - and I'm not arguing.
And spider won't have this problem. But it reminds me....
I'm (as a lot here well know) night blind (I don't quite say 'excuse me' to walls, like Paula Prentiss in a movie, but am clearly not really seeing or am a victim in wait, so that affects where I stay (lighting along the street) and once I get there, how far I go out at night by myself (half a block?), and my timing. When I traveled with my husband, it was easier as he could navigate for us, was patient with me at curbs and steps, which I could romp down in the daytime. Also easier because in those days we had fun traveling so we could share impressions.
On my last big trip, the 29 day one to italy by myself, 13 cities I meant to photograph piazzas in (and eat good food in), the time was crucial on a lot of occasions. That time it was April, so much more daylight than what spidergal will have. I had a few squeakers. Not re being a victim, but getting to certain places on time or I'd be in deep doo doo. There is a general train system there but also some others, with buses in between. I remember high anxiety re the in between bus making it.
I never visited Italy as a young woman with my pals in the '60's, so I never got the then famed behavior of lurking horny males for blonde tourists (plus I never was blonde). I had the opposite - I think I was given a pass in 1999 as an elder woman wearing a black washable suit, hard to figure out.
Anyway, spider, people are people so always be aware, but I think you'll be fine.