I FOUND MYSELF at the end of a train trip, in the small Italian coastal town of Sorrento. I stepped off the train and into a whirlwind of Christmas carols and children on parents’ shoulders trying to catch a glimpse of the large tree in the town center. It was several weeks into the low season, but I was primarily there to experience the famed Amalfi Coast before heading home.
Another guest in the hotel told me of his recent trip to the nearby island of Capri. Though it’s one of Europe’s most costly and exclusive destinations, I decided to pool my remaining Euros and catch a ferry there early the next morning. What I discovered was not only an island full of history, charm and natural beauty but also one that can be surprisingly affordable.