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  • Beauty: The beach-fast rules
    You have to travel a long way to get legs worthy of an A-lister. KATHY PHILLIPS packs her bags to go in search of perfect pins

    The New York fashion brigade have been heralding the bare-legged look for years, come rain or shine. But you'll rarely find me baring my legs – and I am not alone. Like many women, I hate my knees. I do allow a cropped pant, however, so the fraction of my leg from calf to ankle still needs to look golden skinned and svelte.

    Surprising then, given that most of us have a complex about some aspect of our legs, be it thighs or veins, not to mention the dreaded 'c' words – cankles and cellulite –

    that there aren't dozens of places that cater solely for beautifying legs. However, there is one. I have longed to go to the famous La Scuola delle Gambe or Leg School (which is part of the spa at the five-star Capri Palace Hotel) ever since I learned of its existence. Recently, I finally took the week off to venture to the hotel in the hilltop village of Anacapri.

    The Leg School program is a must for the seriously leg obsessive – alumni include celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Liz Hurley. Gwyneth Paltrow prepared for her Iron Man 3 tour here – a tour on which her legs made headlines for all the right reasons.

    Hollywood star or not, every guest receives an initial once-over from Professor Francesco Canonaco (who pioneered the methodology). "The most common problems we treat are water retention, heavy legs and cellulite," he tells me. "Women are wearing tighter pants, which can restrict blood flow, particularly when they are sitting all day, so we are seeing more circulation-related issues,

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    Photograph: Tommy Ton/Trunk Archive

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