(CNN) -- England denied Italy an historic victory at the Stadio Olimpico with a hard fought 19 points to 15 win in the Six Nations championship on Saturday.
Two first-half tries from Tommaso Benvenutti and Giovambattista Venditti gave Italy a deserved 12-6 lead at halftime as England were made to pay for costly errors in freezing temperatures in Rome.
The hosts extended that lead to nine points eight minutes into the second half as Kris Burton converted a penalty kick.
But two minutes later England found themselves back in the game as fly-half Charlie Hodgson scored a try from a charge-down. Owen Farrell duly added the extra two points.
Farrell ensured that England overtook their hosts as he slotted two more penalties in the 55th and 66th minutes to guide England to a narrow victory.
"We kept plugging away and upped the tempo in the second half. We didn't lose our heads and it obviously came good in the end," England's try scorer Hodgson said, AFP reported.
"We were 15-6 down, to come back and be successful in a place like this against Italy with all their experience shows what (spirit) we have, we're obviously delighted to get the win," Hodgson added, AFP reported.
Saturday's other match between France and Ireland was called off 10 minutes before kick-off because parts of the pitch at the Stade de France were frozen.
"In fairness it was the right decision...The game will be rearranged -- next week might be a bit tight, but it's up to the Six Nations to decide," Irish coach Declan Kidney said, BBC Sport reported.
Wales are scheduled to take on Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.