The AnsaldoBreda trains were rendered surplus by the collapse of the Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Brussels Fyra service in 2013 and handed back to the Italian manufacturer after it reached a settlement with NS and SNCB. Italian State Railways (FS) subsequently acquired 17 of the 19 trains in August 2017.
The V250 trains, which are now classified ETR 700, will operate in Frecciargento livery, reflecting their maximum commercial speed of 250km/h.
The first pre-launch run left Milan Central at 20.30 on February 4, arriving at Pescara at 03.30 on February 5. The train is due to leave Pescara at 15.54, arriving at Milan Lambrate at 23.32.
According to media reports, Trenitalia will use the fleet on Milan - Pescara - Lecce services.