The history of San Benedetto is tied to the Benedictine Abbey, one of most ancient of the Apennines.
We have news of a nucleus of hermits from the 10th century and, approximately a century after, Saint Romualdo lived here before founding Camaldoli. Dante also stayed in these places in the period of his exile as he described in his verses in the Divine Comedy (Hell, Song XVI).
The forfeiture of the Abbey began towards the end of the 14th century, when it passed under the administration of the Basilica of San Lorenzo of Florence. Today in the evocative halls of the ancient Molino, there is the Visitor Center of the Park of the Casentinesi Forests.