England will have to travel 1,777 miles from their chosen base in Rio for their first match in the tropical heat of Manaus, which is in the Amazon jungle.
Earlier this week Hodgson described Manaus as "the place to avoid" because of the climate - temperatures reach 30C and humidity is about 80% - although after the draw the England boss took comfort from the fact his team face a fellow European side.
"The conditions in the north will be tough, so we will both be in same boat," he said. "If we'd had three games up in the north, it would have been difficult."
Italy do have recent experience of playing in northern Brazil, having
lost 7-6 on penalties to Spain
in Fortaleza in last summer's Confederations Cup semi-final.
England take on two-time champions Uruguay, who are likely to have Liverpool's Luis Suarez in their squad, in Sao Paulo and they play Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte - both venues are within 225 miles of their base.
England have never previously beaten Italy or Uruguay at a major tournament, while they have never faced Costa Rica.
"With Uruguay and Italy, we almost have two number one seeds in our group," Hodgson added.
"We know how good Italy are because we lost to them in the quarter-finals at the Euros.
"It does not surprise me at all to get a tough draw. But I am still very positive about the whole affair, as you never know."
are also in Group B alongside
in Group G, which also contains
who are managed by German legend Jurgen Klinsmann.
have been placed in Group F with debutants
who are managed by ex-England manager Fabio Capello, will play
England, who were drawn in Group D by their World Cup-winning striker Sir Geoff Hurst, have not played Italy in the World Cup finals since losing a third-place play-off against the Azzurri (2-1) in 1990.
They last met Uruguay in the competition during the 1966 tournament, drawing 0-0 against the South Americans before going on to win their first and only World Cup.
Full 2014 World Cup draw
Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon.
Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia.
Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan.
Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy.
: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras.
Argentina, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran, Nigeria.
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