Portico e San Benedetto in Alpe are immersed in a natural environment, surrounded by ancient forests, hiding inside the waterfall of Acquacheta, praised by Dante.
TThe events of Portico are linked both to the family of the Counts Guidi, of Milan, and to the Florentine republic. In 1386 the town definitively passed under the control of Florence and assumed an urban structure on three floors, of medieval style, which is still preserved in excellent condition. The Pieve di S. Maria in Girone, the medieval tower and Palazzo Portinari, belonging to the tradition of the Beatrice family loved by the divine poet, deserve a visit.
A singular attraction in the surroundings of Portico, which is shared with the municipality of Tredozio due to its position, is the smallest volcano in Italy: a perennial flame that rises from the subsoil, a phenomenon also known as a "burning fountain", extremely suggestive.
In San Benedetto in Alpe is of great importance what remains of an ancient Benedictine Abbey: this, coming forth by San Romualdo, brought to light by the work of San Romualdo, who chose Poggio as a place of foundation, became a very influential place between the year 1000 and 1100.