Porn veteran waves wand to save Italian marriages

Porn veteran waves wand to save Italian marriages
Rocco Siffredi, pictured here with his wife Rosa Caracciolo, is Italy's most famous porn star. Ducati999/Flickr
Italy's most famous porn star, who has made more than 450 films, has taken on a new role as marriage guidance counsellor.

Rocco Siffredi spent a few days in the northern city of Treviso sharing tips with disgruntled couples as part of an upcoming TV series, Heaven: Rocco Siffredi.

Among the advice given was to be more “playful” in their relationships as well as encouraging men to show more affection.

“Couples fall into habits after a few years together, which can be harmful…so they they should play, they need to rethink life as a couple in a fun way,” Siffredi told Corriere.

Siffredi, who has been married for 20 years, also said women are much more “complex” than men and need “cuddles and caresses”, something which, after a while, a man forgets.

"I don’t claim to teach, I don't have a magic wand …that is, I have a wand, but it is not magic,” he joked.

Dozens of people came to meet Siffredi at Treviso’s Piazza dei Signori.

One onlooker, Elena, told Corriere: “I came out of curiosity…he’s a very charming man, better than what I expected.”

Another, called Marco, said he would ask Siffredi what a woman really wants. “It’s not an easy question to answer, I know, but women are not easy at all.”

Stefano, 20, said he'd always dreamt of meeting his “idol".

“But don’t get me wrong, I like him as a person,” he told Corriere.

Siffredi, who started his career in a Paris sex club, announced his retirement from porn films in 2004 for the sake of his two children, but then made a comeback in 2009. He is one of the few porn stars to have success in other areas of the adult-film industry and mainstream media. 

Meanwhile, the lovelife of Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi could feature in a film by controversial porn director Tinto Brass. Earlier this week at the Venice Film Festival, Brass said "I want to make a film about Berlusconi."


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