During the 19th century, the village was run by various powerful Florentine families, including the Frescobaldi, but Malmantile is home to much older history as well. The Parish Church of San Piero in Selva was founded in 1276, while the most important sacred building in the area is the former Lecceto Monastery, built at the end of the 15th century. Filippo Strozzi was vital is founding the monastery, since he agrees to finance its construction while he was living in exile because of his role in a plot against the Medici. It was Strozzi who commissioned decorations by Benedetto da Maiano and an altarpiece by Domenico Ghirlandaio, both of which were removed in the 19th century.
The recently restored monastery was deconsecrated during the Napoleonic era, leading to a long period of decline. In 1875, it was purchased by the Archbishop of Florence and turned into a summer residence for the seminary’s upper school, though today, Lecceto is a spiritual retreat named after Cardinal Elia Della Costa.