When you visit this famous volcano, expect a breathtaking view over Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Tyrrhennian Sea, Capri, Ischia, Procida and the vast landscape of Campania. The area around it is a national park and a highly frequented attraction by tourists.
It is a curvy incline when you drive your car up the mountain. There is a parking area about 2 1/2 kilometers below the vista point. To park there costs 5 Euros (as of June 2017). From there you can either take a shuttle bus for another 10 Euros or you can walk to the main entrance. The walk is along the road that the shuttle busses use and it not too steep of an incline. If you have a healthy fitness level, it is an easy walk, plus you can enjoy the landscape all around you, as well.
Once you get to the main entrance, you have to pay an entrance fee of 10 Euros per adult. There are reduced rates for certain persons as well. Then you will continue up a gravel road that is more steep but not difficult to hike. On the particular day we were there, it was also very windy. In fact so windy, they did not let us enter the park until an ok was given that it was safe, as the gusts were quite high. Bring a sweater or light jacket because it is also cooler as you reach the top, even in the summer. There are no restroom facilities either on the mountain.