Jodie Taylor looked to have set the home side on course for victory in the friendly with a fine strike in the 70th minute, but Italy were soon level through Valentina Cernoia.
The match was marred by an horrendous injury suffered by Italy midfielder Alice Parisi, who appeared to break her right leg in a challenge with Millie Bright.
The England player did not look to be at fault in the incident which happened in the 30th minute and resulted in a six-minute disruption to play, while Parisi was attended to by medics and carried off on a stretcher to be taken to hospital.
Centre-back Bright, of Chelsea Ladies, won the ball in a 50-50 challenge with Parisi, who ran into her and took a hefty blow on her way over.
Her pain was obvious as Italy's players surrounded the 26-year-old Fiorentina player.
England had earlier threatened when Karen Carney's left-footed strike from 20 yards fizzed just wide. And t he Lionesses went close twice in first-half stoppage time, with Italy goalkeeper Katja Schroffenegger tipping over a thumping shot from Jordan Nobbs before repelling a close-range effort from Taylor.
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