I'll be in Florence part of this month and thinking of going to CT for 2-3 nights, especially Monterosso. As a solo female traveler is it unwise to stay in an apartment (I do not speak Italian), or are there enough people around most evenings that it's fairly safe to return home alone? I grew up in NYC so I'm aware of my surroundings at all times, but I want to be comfortable on vacation. Is a hotel worth the price difference?
I'm hoping to do carry on luggage only, but if I have a suitcase, will it be impossible to reach the hotels in CT with a bag?
Lastly, if anyone has recommendations on hiking groups I'd appreciate it. I don't want be part of a huge tour group taking over restaurants and streets, but I would prefer not to hike alone.