The service will be run by Italy's national state-owned railway, Trenitalia - a subsidiary of FS Italiane Group.
The operator plans to connect the two cities with its high-speed Frecciarossa trains, which since December 2021 run between Paris and Milan, and Lyon and Paris, and since November 2022 between Barcelona, Zaragoza and Madrid.
“We can also think of connecting Madrid with Italy via France,” says the CEO of the FS Italiane Group Luigi Ferraris.
How fast are Trenitalia’s high-speed trains?
The name ‘Freccia rossa’ translates to ‘Red arrow’. Prior to 2008, it was known as Eurostar Italia. The modern, high-speed trains can reach up to 400 km/h (249 mph).
Taking an existing route as an example, it takes an average of 9 hours and 40 minutes to travel from Paris to Milan by train, according to Thetrainline. Frecciarossa slashes this to around seven hours, with one-way advance tickets from €29.
What other new train routes can we expect in Europe?
Austrian train operator Nightjet also recently unveiled plans for a new service running between Stuttgart in Germany and Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Zagreb.
Keep an eye on all of Europe’s latest train travel developments for more.