10 of the best alternative city breaks in Europe

With their historic architecture, beautiful scenery and culture without the crowds, these charming European cities are perfect for a late summer/early autumn getaway

If you want a quick resumé of Catania’s character, look no further than the brooding, explosive mountain that looms right over it: Etna. The university city on the east coast, overlooking the Ionian Sea, can be intense, chaotic and beautiful.

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