I stumbled across a news story from March 19th in the Manchester Guardian (an excellent paper) reporting that the Tuscan regional parliament is considering a bill regarding pet access.
If passed, this law would permit pet owners in Tuscany to take their cats, dogs, or whatever (pythons too I wonder? ferrets?) to any public place, including museums and the theatre. The pets would need to be certified as disease-free, and kept on a lead at all times (oh, there goes the python - I've never seen a python leash).
Having seen dogs everywhere else in Tuscany, including bars and sidewalk restaurants, I'm not surprised to see this bill under consideration. But not everyone thinks this is such a good idea. Read the story here.