One of Florence’s most unusual museums features the work of sculptor Marino Marini (1901–80). A native of nearby Pistoia, Marini worked mostly in bronze, with “horse and rider” a recurring theme in his semi-abstract work. The wide open spaces, thin crowds, monumental sculptures, and fun themes in Marini’s work make this museum a good bet with any kids who are becoming weary of the Renaissance.
But they won’t escape it entirely . . . because tagged onto the side of the museum is the Cappella Rucellai, a Renaissance chapel housing the Tempietto ★★. Returned to public view in 2013 after an exquisite restoration, this polychrome marble tomb was completed by L. B. Alberti for Giovanni de’ Rucellai in 1467. Decorated with symbols of both the Rucellai and Medici families, and frescoed on the inside, the tomb was supposedly based on drawings of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.