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Everywhere you go, you should always bring the right shoes — and this rule especially applies when you’re in Greece.

Some of the country's most famous ancient monuments do not allow visitors to wear high heels. Authorities put the ban in place in 2009, according to the Independent, since sharp-soled shoes were adding to the wear and tear of national treasures.

“Female visitors must wear shoes that do not wound the monuments,” Eleni Korka, Director of Greek Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, told the Daily Mail in 2009. “These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realise that.”

Luckily, there are plenty of stylish options when it comes to comfortable shoes. If you need inspiration, you can get it from celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Rihanna, who know how to be comfy and chic (and considerate of ancient monuments).

The “no heels” rule is not the only one tourists will run into while sightseeing in Greece, either. If you’re planning on going to some ancient sites, don't bring in any food or drink (and that includes gum).