Bologna's nickname “The fat, the red, the learned” pretty much summarises the charm and spirit of this middle-sized Italian city, where culture meets joie de vivre and foodies walk around with a constant smile on their face. Conveniently located between Florence and Milan, “south of the North”, Bologna has been for quite long time a hidden gem: a favourite among Italians, all in love with its free spirit and rich nightlife, yet little known abroad. But the latest years have seen a shift in this trend, and the hometown of tortellini is now a hip international destination. And, given its ancient history, delicious food and effervescent student's life, it’s really no surprise. Here are our five top reasons to plan a little escape to Bologna.