The new service, which has been developed in conjunction with the regional government of Marche, will link Milan with Forli, Rimini, Pesaro, and Ancona, with three trains per day and a journey time of three hours. The additional trains will allow NTV to serve a region with a population of 1.2 million and will take the total number of stations on its network to 16.

NTV and the Marche regional government have submitted a request to Italian Rail Network (RFI) for train paths for the service, which is expected to start operating in June.

NTV CEO Mr Giuseppe Sciarrone says the launch of services to Ancona could be followed by extensions to serve further destinations Adriatic coast. "This service is driven purely by market demand, and we believe there is the potential to take Italo further south as part of a step-by-step strategy," he says.