The front part of the palace now occupied by the Casci was once composer Rossini’s Florence digs. This affordable, central hotel has been a Frommer’s favorite for 2 decades, and the recent partial pedestrianization of Via Cavour makes it an even more attractive base. Rooms follow a labyrinthine layout, split between Rossini’s old piano nobile and a now-joined former convent to the rear, where the bigger rooms are located, including a couple of spacious family units. Rooms are simply decorated and some can get a little dark, though a rolling program of modernization has installed new, light-toned furniture to counteract that—now in 16 rooms and counting. The welcome from some of Florence’s friendliest family hoteliers is a permanent fixture.